What if you could take several weeks off without the risk of losing your job? Would you take such an opportunity? If yes, how would it affect your professional performance?
Though some HR managers might be reluctant to let the employees depart from their duties for a little while, it turns out that time off from work is a prerequisite for enhancing employee productivity and boosting organizational performance. Ironically enough, allowing your workforce to leave is one of the most feasible approaches to encourage them to stay.
A sabbatical leave is an extended break from work during which employees can pursue leisure interests or get some physical/ emotional rest while retaining their status as a workforce member.
The concept of sabbatical years originated from the Scripture, defining every seventh year when, for 12 months, there was no cultivation, and people and fields could rest and rejuvenate.
In its modern sense, the notion refers to a broader and more general context. Initially offered exclusively to individuals working in academia, sabbatical years provided teachers with some time off from a physically and mentally demanding occupation. University educators received 12 months of paid leave every seven years to pursue their research goals or spend some time away from the academic setting.
The grounds for taking time off are diverse: from pursuing a degree or volunteering to exploring the world and dedicating more time to personal matters. A sabbatical differs from other types of leaves in that it usually lasts longer – between a month to a year. Employers grant extended time off work only to those who have been with the company for a while. Hence, the sabbatical is a special type of reward given to loyal workers.