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What Are Sabbaticals?

Sabbaticals are planned, strategic job pauses that allow you to travel, do research, volunteer, learn a new skill, or fulfill a lifelong dream. The most meaningful sabbaticals are planned ones – with specific goals and objectives designed to benefit both you and your company. A sabbatical is an opportunity for intentional reflection, professional development, personal growth, transformative insights, and renewed passion.

Sabbaticals come in all shapes and sizes. Your time away can be paid, unpaid, partially paid or even self-funded. Some programs require an application. Others do not. Your sabbatical length may vary but most are from four to ten weeks. And while many companies allow workers an unrestricted time away – meaning they can do whatever they choose – others have specific requirements and objectives. For example, some sabbatical programs are geared toward community service or innovation research.

Sabbaticals vs. Vacations

Sabbaticals are NOT simply vacations. Whether you decide to travel, take classes, or pursue a new experience, sabbaticals broaden your perspective, helping you make connections and develop fresh ideas that are applicable to your field.

VACATION vs. a . . . . . . . . . . . SABBATICAL

Usually not goal oriented                                     Achieves personal and career goals

Reflection is possible                                            Intentional reflection is necessary

Work waits for your return                                  Work has a solid coverage plan

BlackBerry is on                                                     BlackBerry is unplugged to business

Optional sharing upon return                             Planned sharing with boss and co-workers

Planned according to interests                           Planned according to interests & necessary outcomes

Little input from others                                        Seeks input from other sabbatical goers, boss

Paid with short-term funds                                 Needs long-term financial plan

Little thought to enhancing career/life             Purpose is to enhance career/life

Focus on recovery                                                  Focus on rejuvenation

Possible increase in creativity                             Intentional focus on more creative juice

Sabbaticals Give Your Company an Edge

  • Fostering a team-based service model
  • Building your brand as an ‘employer of choice’
  • Fostering a healthy work-life balance
  • Reducing the cost of turnover expenses
  • Retaining experienced talent
  • Developing leadership from within
  • Generating employee loyalty
  • Developing a culture of innovation
  • Boosting enthusiasm and productivity
  • Managing talent during a recession

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