Workplace Trend: Mandatory Vacation

Some employers are requiring workers to take a vacation each year.

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With work constantly beckoning and access to the office a smartphone away, it can be hard to take a vacation—let alone truly unplug. About 40% of employees take less than one-fourth of their earned vacation time annually, according to Glassdoor.com. Now a growing number of com­panies are turning to mandatory vacation policies to require employees to take a certain number of days off each year.

Tech companies and young companies that have grown rapidly are most likely to adopt the new policies. For instance, software company FullContact allows employees to take as much time off as their workload permits but requires that they take at least three weeks off each year. The company sweetens the deal with an annual $7,500 stipend, but vacationing employees must stop checking e-mail or otherwise keeping tabs on work. Job-search site Anthology now requires vacations, and digital note taker Evernote offers vacation stipends.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.