Vacation - Time For A New Strategy
There was a time, not so many decades ago, when one could expect to have the same employer for 10 years, 20 years, or even a lifetime. And during your tenure, your allotted time off would increase to what I would call a "reasonable" level, but that's no longer the case. Companies usually throw new employees (and studies show that you will be a "new" on average once very 5 years) back to the "two-week-a-year" level. When you couple that with the American ethos of "as many hours as it takes to get the job done," time off becomes more important than ever.
The Blognonymous Immodest Proposal
So here's the deal: Like everything else in the corporate world these days, from training to compensation, our careers are in our hands. So why not vacation? The next time you're in a job negotiation try the following tactic (which BTW I've been using for the last 5 years over 3 different employers): When the issue of vacation comes up look the prospective employer in the eye and say: I take 4 (5, whatever...) weeks off per year. You may subsidize whatever portion of that time you feel like. I other words figure out what you need, assume you won't be compensated, and adjust your salary requirements accordingly.
Next year, I'll be up to three weeks.
BTW, in my post over at my location, I was hoping to get even a small fraction of time that the President gets. Or, if you want to think of it differently, perhaps we aught shift executive salaries to pay for extended days off for regular rank and file employees rather than give them eisner style severance packages.
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People started taking about where they were going in late June and would be telling people where they went through September.
With the anticipation, consummation and afterglow, they spent practically a quarter of a year in vacation mode.
Lew, yeah and I guess that's the whole point. People need to look at their whole compensation and be willing to go after what they need. Sucks for those who don't like negotiation though.
Windspike...my pleasure. No matter the source (even when it's tangential), I still try to give credit where credit is due.
Scaramouche...screw the Europeans! I want my summer in Dubrovnik, goddamnit!
And Dubrovnik is exactly where?
Aahhh, it's where Europeans go to soak in the Adriatic and, mayhaps, screw other Europeans.