9 Unique Types of Days Off
While all businesses remain determined to meet revenue goals and increase profits, there are those who are also looking to make life a little bit easier for their employees.
A handful studies would tell you this is a good idea. One conducted by the University of Warwick found that employee happiness boosted productivity by 12 percent. Even better, employee happiness has also been known to increase profitability by 147 percent while decreasing turnover by 65 percent.
The problem is, it can be quite a challenge to make an employee happy. That’s because the job itself can be the source of their misery. According to the findings of the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex, work itself reduced employee happiness by as much as eight percent. Hence, it seems the only way to effectively promote happiness is by giving employees a bit more time off.
To address this situation, there are some companies who decided to take a more ingenious approach to vacation leaves. To give you a better idea, just check out some of the most idiosyncratic types of day off that employees are entitled to today:
1. Paw-ternity’ Leave or Puppy Parental Leave
Some companies have come to realise that a pet can be just as valuable to employees as their own child. That’s why they have decided to grant a puppy parental leave or ‘paw-ternity’ leave. Depending on the company, this would entitle an employee to several hours or weeks of paid leave, which they can spend making their new furry family member feel right at home.
This type of leave has been growing in popularity recently. In fact, it is now being offered in the certain companies across the United Kingdom, India and the United States.
In Columbus, Ohio, beermaker BrewDog announced its new ‘paw-ternity’ leave policy just recently. Based on the company’s blog post, they are granting employees a few days off to be able to bond with their new dog.
2. “Congratulation” Leave
In Japan, employees are entitled to a ‘congratulation’ leave. They can avail of this if they are newly married. That means there is no need to use up any vacation days for a honeymoon. Meanwhile, a ‘congratulation’ leave is also in order if you have just had a child.
3. Job Alternation Leave
In Finland, companies give their employees a certain amount of time to be free of any work obligations so that they can just relax and not think about the office for a while. This leave entitles employees anywhere between 100 to 180 days off work.
During this time, an unemployed worker will be hired to temporarily take over for the employee on leave. According to Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the job alternation leave also allows an unemployed jobseeker to finally get some work opportunity. Hence, the arrangement is a win-win for employees and employers.
4. Running Your Own Business Leave
Yes, you better believe it. In Sweden, employees can take leave from work so they can open the business of their dreams. This leave lasts for as long as six months. Whether employees are still expected to remain employed after this time is unclear.
5. Driver’s License Leave
It can be argued that getting or renewing your driver’s license can take a while. Sometimes, it can even last an entire day. This is probably why in Puerto Rico, employees are entitled to a leave just to take care of their license.
6. Sport-Related Leave
If you also happen to be an employee in Puerto Rico, you may never have to miss another game again. That is, if you are part of the team playing in the match. That’s because the country offers its workers a sport-related leave. Indeed, it pays to be active in sports in this country.
7. Education Leave
Some companies do grant their employees a leave if they wish to pursue further studies. However, this type of leave is typically unpaid. It is also unclear as to whether the employee can automatically return to their old job after their studies.
8. Career Break
A career break is essentially a sabbatical, allowing you to pursue your passions or travel the world before returning to work again. This type of leave can last anywhere between one month to three years. That’s certainly a lot of time to forget about work and just think about having fun.
9. Snow Days Leave
In the case of a snow day or any other inclement weather, there are companies who may be forced to close for the day or even longer. When this happens, employers are still required to pay employees for the duration of the closure period.
On other hand, hourly employees will not get any pay if they decide to file a leave on their own during a snow day. However, if they show up to work, they can still be paid even if there is no work to be done.