What Could a Sabbatical Do For Me?
Sabbaticals don’t just make good business sense. They make good career sense. By choosing to work for a company that offers sabbaticals, you set yourself up for significant development opportunities that will set you apart from your peers.
Sabbaticals are not a ‘soft’ benefit. Savvy employers understand the business case for sabbaticals: recruitment, retention, staff development, innovation, and results. Plus, when senior staff members step out for their own sabbaticals, you’ll have the opportunity to step up and stretch yourself in their absence. If you prove yourself ready for new challenges, promotions will follow.
A sabbatical should be planned as carefully as a career move. You’ll want to reflect on personal/professional needs, do some research, establish outcomes, track your progress, and incorporate all that you learn into your career and personal life.
Sabbaticals Give You a Competitive Edge
- Self-Awareness – When you step out of your comfort zone, you tend to learn a lot about yourself. And self-awareness is a critical key to leadership and career success.
- Replenished Energy – In the same way that interval training or days off boost performance in athletes, sabbaticals give you time to re-fuel and re-fill the well.
- Renewed Commitment – Time after time, executives who have experienced sabbaticals report renewed loyalty to their companies. Even the ones who admit to “considering career alternatives” prior to going on sabbatical most often return to work with an improved perspective and gratitude for their current job.
- A Surge of Creativity – You are capable of powerful creative thinking when you get outside your box and engage in a new world.
- The Ability to Inspire – When you achieve personal goals and understand your own dreams, you are more likely to inspire those around you.
- Increased Confidence – Everyone says it because it’s true. Well-executed sabbaticals help you develop confidence.
Because of the sabbatical, I’m more motivated in my job…more patient and understanding. – Chris Darrow, Arrow Electronics
For AppRiver, the sabbatical program will force us to train people in departments who would not otherwise learn things that they need to learn. It will make us more agile. It will make us overcome obstacles that we don’t encounter on a daily basis. – James Wirth, Support Manager, AppRiver