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Keep superstars on board with sabbaticals—even during tough times

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by Barbara Pagano

During a time of layoffs and budget cuts, you might not think a lot of organizations would be encouraging their employees to take lengthy sabbaticals—or that employees would feel secure enough to accept the offer. Yet six-week to six-month job pauses remain as common as ever.

Nineteen of Fortune’s 2009 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” offer some form of sabbatical to at least some of their employees. Consulting firm Hewitt Associates has named sabbaticals as one of a few flexible arrangements that will increase in popularity over the next three years. In fact, 24% of small organizations and 33% of large ones allowed paid or unpaid sabbaticals of six months or more in 2008, according to the Families and Work Institute.

Some organizations, such as General Mills, have offered them for years. Others, such as Deloitte & Touche, are just rolling theirs out.

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