Can Offering Unlimited Vacation Days Boost Employee Productivity?

January 07, 2012  |   San Diego Bookkeeping   |     |   Comments Off on Can Offering Unlimited Vacation Days Boost Employee Productivity?

Everyone is always looking to increase productivity in their business. It just makes sense- if you can get more using fewer resources you can then A) expand and B) make more profit.

Our San Diego bookkeeping business is always considering ways we can do more with less.

Not by cutting paychecks or hiring less qualified workers at lower pay (which is what many people think of and which usually produces the opposite effect) but by working smarter and leveraging technology more.

Another way to increase productivity is to do things that let your employees be more productive in how they personally perform. The following article has an outside-the-box idea on how to make that happen.

It won’t work well for super small businesses (less than ten people or so) but for anyone bigger it may just be the trick that makes everyone a little more excited and focused when they do come to work if they know they can get a break when they need it.

The 9 a.m.-to-5 p.m. workplace is almost dead. Throw your preconceived notions about vacation out the window and give your employees the no-strings-attached, unlimited vacation days they deserve or you’ll soon be a dinosaur.

Taking vacation at Red Frog is encouraged (and even celebrated). And it’s not abused. Ever. By anyone. Simply make sure your work is getting done and make sure you’re covered while you’re away and that’s it—no questions asked.

The pessimists and naysayers have said this policy would either be abused or that it’s not entirely real—that our employees feel pressured to never take off. I assure you they’re underestimating a positive work culture and are simply wrong. Also, I feel sorry for their workplace.

Through building a company on accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork, we’ve seen our unlimited vacation day policy have tremendous results for our employees’ personal development and for productivity. There. I said it. I think Red Frog is more productive by giving unlimited vacation days. Here’s why:

  1. It treats employees like the adults they are. If they’re incapable of handling the responsibility that comes along with having unlimited vacation days, they’re probably incapable of handling other responsibilities too, so don’t hire them.
  2. It reduces costs by not having to track vacation time. Tracking and accounting for vacation days can be cumbersome work. This policy eliminates those headaches.
  3. It shows appreciation. Your employees will need unexpected time off and some need more vacation than others. By giving them what they need when they need it, you show your employees how much you appreciate them and they reciprocate by producing more great work.
  4. It’s a great recruitment tool. We hire a mere one out of every 750 applicants at Red Frog. When you combine fantastic benefits with a positive culture, it’s noticed.

I lead by example. I worked more 100 hours last week, but this week, as I write this column, I’m watching surfers and sipping a delicious Hawaiian brew.

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