The technology company founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft, has changed a lot over the years. The digital revolution and the innovations in the world of technologies have made it adapt to the times, even in the workplace. And it is that the firm has recently decided to grant all its workers unlimited and paid vacations. In this way, they eliminate their current policy of days off for a more flexible one, where employees can library the periods they want at will and without the need to register it.
This is not the first time it has happened. Other companies have tried the measure before with great results. Netflix, for example, has been advocating an unlimited vacation policy for 20 years because, they say, it believes in the freedom and flexibility of its employees. It all started when he realized that, if they already worked at different hours without having to register it, why would they also do it on vacation.
Zapier, another technology dedicated to automating workflows, also opted for this system last year. And not only that, it also combines it with the possibility of working from anywhere in the world. “Time off is good for you. One of the best things I’ve done for Zapier, but also for people, is pay attention to physical and mental health,” said CEO Wade Foster.
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Microsoft’s personnel director, Kathleen Hogan, has announced this measure to the entire workforce in the United States through an email, detailing the establishment of a more flexible model in its vacation policy. This decision will begin to apply from January 16 and the new employees that will be incorporated could also affect, they will point out in The Verge.
Of course, they will maintain the plan of 10 corporate holidays a year, as well as other employment benefits, such as paternity and maternity leave, for rest due to illness or duels. And what happens if they don’t take these vacation days? Employees will receive financial compensation in the form of a single payment in the month of April for any unused vacation balance.
“How, when and where we do our work has changed since the pandemic. As we’ve transformed, modernizing our vacation policy to a more flexible model was a natural next step,” Hogan explains.
Until now, Microsoft workers have four weeks of paid vacation and an additional week for every six years of seniority with the company. This policy is also focused on saving the company the derived administrative costs.