For most people, it is just a pipe dream, but for Microsoft employees in the US, things are a little different because the tech giant will begin offering unlimited vacation time to US workers next week. The news was announced by the company in an email to staff members.
In an email, Kathleen Hogan, chief people officer at Microsoft, announced that the policy will be known as “Discretionary Time Off.” “Our work schedules, locations, and methods have all changed significantly. A report in The Verge quotes Hogan as saying, “As we’ve changed, modernising our vacation policy to a more flexible model was a natural next step.
Additionally, there will be no waiting period for newly hired employees to begin accruing vacation time. Microsoft now provides 10 corporate holidays, paid sick time, paid time off for mental health issues, and leaves of absence in addition to the unlimited vacation policy. Additionally, they provide time off for jury duty or bereavement. All unused vacation leave balances will be paid out in full to employees in one lump sum in April.
However, only salaried employees are eligible to use this new policy. The policy won’t be made available to Microsoft’s hourly employees.
Microsoft will start allowing more of its staff to work remotely on a regular basis in 2020. Additionally, it permitted workers to spend up to 50% of their workweeks working from home without restriction. Although employees who choose remote work must give up their office space, Microsoft’s offices still provide a touchdown area.