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Source: Society for Human Resource Management, Intel, Facebook, Adobe, Basecamp, Skift

Published: 2017, 2017, 2021, 2020, 2021

Sabbaticals as a benefit

A sabbatical is an extended, paid time off from work that employees can spend how they wish (e.g., travel, rest, side projects). Traditionally, sabbaticals occurred every seven years, though companies usually have individualized programs. Historically reserved for academic professors, sabbaticals as a benefit are on the rise.

Basecamp founder/CTO David Heinemeier Hansson considers their paid sabbatical to be “probably our most important benefit, especially for the people who’ve been here for a very long time. It’s an excellent way to truly recharge, reconnect and reconsider work and life.”

Four companies that offer sabbaticals as a benefit.

Company: Intel
Sabbatical frequency by years of employment: every 7 years
Sabbatical length: 8 weeks

Company: Facebook
Sabbatical frequency by years of employment: every 5 years
Sabbatical length: 30 days

Company: Adobe
Sabbatical frequency by years of employment: every 5/10/15 years
Sabbatical length: 4/5/6 weeks

Company: Basecamp
Sabbatical frequency by years of employment: every 3 years
Sabbatical length: 30 days

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