London: In what can only be described as the most counter-intuitive policy ever, a UK firm has found that allowing employees to take unlimited vacations has led to a sharp reduction in the amount of holidays taken, to the point where one worked only took a single day of leave last year.
The boss of UK photography equipment business Triggertrap decided to implement the new policy after news that Richard Branson had implemented it at Virgin with great success. However, it turns out that instead of employees celebrating with vacations from work, the workers instead started to feel guilty about taking a trip and the rate of holidays decreased sharply. While UK employees all receive 28-days paid vacation per year by law, Triggertrap’s workers took only an average of 15 days of holidays last year, almost half their entitlements.
While the policy was intended to boost employee morale, the company found that staff were actually getting exhausted and demotivated from working hard without a break – despite the fact they were now entitled to have as long a holiday as they wanted. It was back to the drawing board, and after some internal discussions the company has now adopted a cash incentive to get workers to take a vacation – offering a cash bonus to anybody who has a holiday longer than 14 days. Triggertrap’s CEO has a full explanation of the strange reaction to the generous policy on Medium.