I ran across this story in Mashable last week about Netflix's unlimited employee
vacation policy. We've been operating with a similar policy since 2010 with great
results. Switching to a virtual office model – as we did in 2008 – forces a company to
put more trust in its employees. When you can no longer literally "keep an eye" on
everyone around the office, you end up rethinking a lot of your policies. Previously, each
employee was given a set number of paid time off (PTO) days each year, but we felt like
this traditional office practice didn’t fit into our modern, flexible culture.
Our current policy – like Netflix’s – doesn't set any limit to the PTO an employee can
take each year. Instead, employees are encouraged to take the days they need,
when they need them. Geoff is quick to share our success with this change, saying, "I
encourage people to take time off when they need it. What I don't want is people taking
time off arbitrarily because they think if they don't, they’re losing something."
Personally, I like being part of a company that treats us like adults and embraces
this “freedom and responsibility culture.”