Mark and I set a new life goal today. We’ve decided that two weeks of summer holiday is just not enough.
Nope. We need four.
Just like the French, Italian, and Spanish families that go away for the entire month of July and/or August.
I know it’s not ideal to take all your holiday at once. But there’s something to be said for having four weeks off (consecutively) during the warmest, loveliest, days of the year.
Companies like Virgin and Netflix have no set vacation days or policies, but rather, let employees “take what they need.” The theory goes that when employees are trusted to take vacation when they want or need to, they’re more willing and excited to produce good work when at work.
I’m a big believer in this idea. That we should optimize the time we spend at work in general, so we have more time to do the things that are important to us. Like spend time with family, looking after our health and exercising, or getting pissed at the pub. (Joking. Ok, maybe not that.)
If you optimized your time all year, an extra one or two weeks in the summer wouldn’t hurt. If anything, it would give you plenty of rest and relaxation, boost your morale and focus, and make you a happier person. Which in turn would make you a happy and more productive employee. You win, your company wins. Everyone wins.
Happy four weeks of summer.