Taking Leave

Netscape, a leader in the Internet browser market, has a policy that allows many employees to take a four-week sabbatical every four years. Should you follow suit?

Plain English

Sabbatical is a leave without pay for research, travel, or rest. Traditionally, sabbaticals are granted every seventh year to professors at universities and colleges.

Allowing extended time off every few years has clear benefits, including helping to limit the burnout that may result from doing the same work week after week, year after year. Sabbaticals also allow good workers to refresh their skills by reading, taking a workshop, or just relaxing so that they can generate fresh ideas for their work.

Some companies encourage employees to use an extended leave ...

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