<- more ->
Best of all? You get paid to do it, and you have the same job waiting at home that you did when you left.
Surprisingly, this type of experience just might be possible with a sabbatical.
Whether you're trekking the Appalachian Trail or spending the month learning a new skill, a sabbatical is often a crucial opportunity to regain focus and clarity, relax or check off an item on the to-do list.to do. If your employer offers you the option of taking a sabbatical, it's a good idea to take one.
However, a sabbatical can seem daunting, and "wasting " your sabbatical on a bad decision can seem more frustrating than not going at all. To combat these challenges, I spoke with six employees who each took a month's sabbatical on their fifth birthday. Read on for ideas on how you want to spend your sabbatical.
But first, what is a sabbatical?
<- Call to action code -> <- end Call-to-Action Code ->
How long does a sabbatical leave last?
It depends on the stipulations provided by your employer, but generally a sabbatical leave can last from one month to two years. Of course, you will probably have a shorter sabbatical leave if it is a leavesabbatical paid, and a longer one if it is not paid.
What is a sabbatical leave?
Unlike holidays, a sabbatical is an extended break from work. Employers may offer unpaid or abbatical paid services, but generally ensure that an employee's position remains open until the employee returns from leave.
The length of a sabbatical is at the discretion of your employer, as are the terms and conditions. Many companies encourage higher retention rates by offering sabbaticals to employees only after a certain period of time - at Adobe Systems , an employee is entitled to a four-week sabbatical after five years and to a six-week sabbatical after fifteen years.
Some companies encourage employees to continue their professional development by offering a paid sabbatical onlyent if an employee uses time in a certain way. For example, Deloitte offers both paid and non-paid options. A Deloitte employee can choose to take an unpaid sabbatical at any time, or a three to six month sabbatical that "can be taken to pursue opportunities for personal or professional growth in the areas of career development or volunteering. ".
Deloitte employees who choose the three to six month option will receive 40% of their pre-sabbatical base salary.
At, employees are entitled to four weeks paid sabbatical, but only after they have been at home for five years - however, it may look different for your business.
It's important to note that sabbaticals can be incredibly effective solutions to your company's turnover rate. Often times people occupy certain roles until it iss are exhausted and then feel they need a time off, or even a career change, to recharge their batteries. A sabbatical is an alternative solution to this problem and allows your employees to return to their happier and more productive roles.
In addition, your employees will likely gain new ideas and perspectives during their sabbaticals. Maybe they will observe potential new markets, learn a new skill, or observe how a competitor in another untry country successfully resolves a problem your business has been struggling with.
To get ideas for your sabbatical, take a look at the diverse experiences of six different employees.
1. The sabbatical of inbound marketer Dan Sally in Rio de Janeiro
"In July 2014 I started to learn Brazilian Portuguese and after about five months,I got to the point where I was knowledgeable enough to keep up I lamented the fact that with a wife and four kids, I would probably never get the chance to get the immersion that I 'needed to take my skills to the next level, when our sabbatical program announced.
I had just turned five, so the timing was perfect.
My family and I rented an apartment in Rio de Janeiro for the month of July, one block from the Ipanema beaches. We spent the month swimming, visiting all the sights in Rio, and eating red meat and churros almost every day.
Leaving the work behind wasn't a big deal as I was working in sales for our Dublin office at the time and Europe is closing this summer. Even if it was, being in Rio with four kids would be enough distraction for my mind away from things. "
2. Vice President of Marketing Meghan Keaney Anderson 's Sabbatical to Her Hometown
"You can think Sabbatical and immediately blow your imagination off to exotic places or wild adventures. Mine doesn ' t have a house near the harbor. from my hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts. I spent all of my time taking long walks with my dog and sitting in a rocking chair on the porch.
Above all , I wanted some time to clear My head. Going to a familiar place and watching my dog sleep in the sun was exactly what I wanted. I am so grateful that I did. "
3. Senior Director of Customer Sales for Corey Beale's Sabbatical Leave in Costa Rica
"During my 31 days, I chose to rent a house in Costa Rica and live the life of surfing like i'm retired and just doing my thing. I ended up renting this amazing home just minutes from the beach.you can imagine, when you send an open invitation to your friends and family saying that you have rented a house on the beach and there are open rooms available people are more than happy to to accommodate you. We had a fun rotation of guests coming and going every week which meant there was always laughter and adventures to share. It was also gratifying to be able to pay my parents a vacation and welcome them for once.
I'm a big fan of earning karma while traveling, so I decided to donate some of the money provided by to a local school and ended up taking it back to home a stray dog! After his paperwork was completed, I took him to the United States. Better yet, he was adopted by a ter co-worker and he has been in the office before and received a lot of love.
Hopefully everyone who becomes eligible for a sabbatical take the opportunity and do qSomething on their bucket list, or several things on their bucket list, with free time. It is worth it, and I for one am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate. "
4. Kate Gillette Horne's sabbatical in California
Principal III Customer Success Manager " There are so many directions that you can take for your sabbatical and the best direction to take may also depend on your current lifestyle and your life situation. My husband and I threw out a ton of ideas as there is a lot on my to-do list, but we also had a baby who was about to have one and no local families (or any other that would take a baby for more than two weeks).
Traveling the California coast was always on our list, and we decided that this option would be very suitable for babies. Preparing for work was quite easy because my teameg has a client contact team alias for emergencies, which we can put away from our offices. So whenever you are away from the office, the team takes over and you take over when they are away.
The great thing about is that since everyone has the option to take a sabbatical (and all vacations), no one cares about helping and supporting the current person who is. absent, so I never felt like I weighed down on anyone, nor did I feel like it was a burden to support others who are absent - this which makes the month off 10 times better. The only major source of stress in the whole process was making sure I chose the absolute best path along the coast. "
5. Editor-in-chief Beth Dunn's sabbatical at home
" I think the most important thing in planning your leave issabbatical is that you don't give in to the pressure to make it amazing in a traditional way. If you are truly desperate to go on a month-long hike through vast, empty landscapes, then do it. But if you secretly prefer to stay home with your cats and knit by the fire (which I did), then you should do that instead. No one is rating you for your sabbatical. You shouldn't do this for the gram. This is for you - to rest and rejuvenate yourself, whatever that may mean to you. Maybe mix up a bit of travel with some downtime at home. Or treat yourself to non-stop travel if that's convenient for you. Or don't budge from your own territory, and really enjoy it.
Whatever you do, it's not a bad idea to focus on something tangible that you will take with you to remember the event.
A friend of mine wanted to get un sand pot in a special hidden cove by the Mediterranean Sea. Now he sits on her desk and reminds her of the promise she made when she finally got there.
I've knitted myself a sabbatical sweater, which actually has a secret message woven into these cables that only I can read. (Knitters will understand what I mean.) It's not so much about 'having something to show', but rather creating your sabbatical so that it gives you the space to remember something. about yourself that you might have forgotten or to solve something new that you want to remember. Try to come out of your sabbatical with some sort of message to your future self, something your sabbatical self would like you to remember. "
6. Marketing team manager Al Biedrzycki 's Sabbatical Building a Guitar
" I wanted to spend my sabbatical on my own.re something creative and that fits my hobbies. I also wanted to make sure this was something that would only be available to me if I was to have a month off. I did some research (and turned it over to Andrew Quinn, who had already built a guitar) and ended up booking a two week crash course with Charles Fox in Portland, Oregon.
The process of leaving work wasn 't It ' s not too difficult - I had my current direct report holding the fort while I was away and it was was also summer (June), so the pace of work was a bit lighter. Once back it took me a few days to adjust and get back to the heart of the matter - especially to catch up on what had happened and get to work in my inbox. "
How to take a sabbatical
If your company offers a sabbatical program, you will probably need to follow some guideliness to submit the request for sabbatical leave. You can probably find the rules and regulations listed on your company's website.
However, what if your business does not have a full-fledged sabbatical program? You may still be able to take one, by following these steps:
- Think about how your sabbatical could contribute to the company's bottom line in the future. Maybe you are hoping to expand into new markets, in which case you could offer a month-long sabbatical to visit the city you want to expand into to get to know the local culture and language. Alternatively, you might be feeling exhausted after five years in a role. You may need a break to recharge your batteries, gain new perspectives, and come back refreshed and ready to take back control.
- Once you haveUnderstanding how your sabbatical could really make a difference to your business or team, write a proposal. Then schedule a meeting with your manager or manager.
- Start by saying something like this: "I have been thinking about how I can add more value to my job, and I believe a sabbatical to learn XYZ will help me I 've drafted a proposal for you to review. "
- Alternatively, you could say: " After [recent achievement or promotion], I am feeling a bit exhausted. I think a sabbatical could be an effective opportunity for me to recharge my batteries as I prepare to lead our team this fall. I have drafted a proposal for you. "
Once you get approval from your manager or manager, you might still be nervous about taking unpaid time off. Fortunately heThere are a few grants and scholarships you can apply to help you successfully fund your sabbatical.
Here is a list of resources to consider: