A recent survey found 16-percent of companies now allow unpaid sabbatical leave. Human resource consultant Dan Ryan says sabbaticals are growing in popularity, partly because expectations on the job have intensified.
The pace of work now, especially after the economic downturn, is very frantic and the sabbatical is a very innovative way for companies to hang on and keep some of the really prized individuals, the ones who really make a difference,” said Ryan.
Allowing sabbatical leave isn’t the same as having a robust company sabbatical program in place, but some companies have rich plans that provide full salary and benefits.
Brian David Johnson who recently took a few months off to focus on the here and now is among a growing number of professionals with the opportunity to spend time on sabbatical, taking anywhere from six weeks to a year off to travel, volunteer, or fulfill a life goal.
A recent CBS News segment features both Ryan -who share more information from a human resources perspective- and Johnson – who tells about his year-long planning and outcomes.
Best of all, Elizabeth Pagano McGuire of yourSABBATICAL.com tells viewers that if no program or plan exists in their company, they can successfully negotiate one. Individuals who are successful negotiating s sabbatical (often paid) use a step-by-step plan that culminates in an impressive written document covering important aspects of benefits for the company as well as work coverage.
“Why would giving you time off benefit your team and your boss? You have to really spell that out. How is your work going to be done while you’re gone? Put that into a proposal,” said McGuire.