Are you a work martyr?
Many jobs allow for such workaholism (if not outright endorse it), but at certain places, work martyrdom is out of the question. Instead of just giving employees paid time off or unlimited vacation days, these businesses actually set aside a chunk of their budget to give employees extra money to take vacations.
Here are some the places work martyrs should probably apply.
Web development company Basecamp has paid for its employees vacations for the last seven years.
Each year, the company puts together a list of 16 vacation packages that employees past the one-year mark get to choose from. Jason Fried, CEO of Basecamp, tells Business Insider that the trips range from $4,000-$5,000 apiece. Many are geared toward specific kinds of travelers, such as single people or couples.
Marketing and advertising company SteelHouse began the practice of giving employees $2,000 a year for vacations in 2011, when it was only a year old. Mark Douglas, SteelHouse CEO, says it wasn’t a hard decision.
“Our culture is really simple,” he told Business Insider. “It’s based on trust and ambition.”
If people buy their vacation on a Monday, they’re reimbursed up to $2,000 by Tuesday. If they can’t front the money themselves, SteelHouse will let them use the company credit card.
After you’ve worked at human resources software company BambooHR for six months, you’re entitled to $2,000 a year to go anywhere in the world. The policy started last year.
“We don’t measure and say, ‘OK, if you went on vacation, then you’re this much more productive,'” CEO Ben Peterson told Komono News. “You can’t work 60, 80, 90 hours a week and expect to be as efficient and thoughtful and productive as you might assume.”
- G Adventures
Tour group G Adventures offers employees who’ve been there a full year the chance to take one of its 700 tours around the world for free each year. They’re known as “familiarization trips,” or FAM trips for short – similar to the way servers at a restaurant taste the menu so they can offer recommendations.
Provided you’ve earned enough vacation days, G Adventures will pay $3,000 for tours up to 17 days/16 nights, and flights up $750.
FullContact, a content management company, started giving employees $7,500 once a year for vacations back in 2012.
CEO Bart Lorang has said employees need to meet three criteria to get the money: They must go on vacation, disconnect, and not work while on the trip. The $7,500 stipend is on top of the 15 paid vacation days all employees are entitled to.
“In today’s world of Email, iPhones, Androids, Twitter, Facebook and devices on our person 24×7, we’re always connected,” Lorang wrote. “It’s not healthy.”
Marketing analytics company Moz supplements its 21 days of paid vacation with $3,000 in expense reimbursements. It borrowed the idea from FullContact.
“If you don’t take a vacation, the opportunity disappears,” a 2012 blog post reads. “Hence, it’s in all of our employees’ great interest to take time to do what they love with friends, family, whomever (we’ll pay their vacation expenses too so long as you go with them) and disconnect for a few days, or a few weeks.”
- Evernote; Melia Robinson/Business Insider
Employees at the task management company Evernote have a unique work incentive.
You only receive your $1,000 bonus if you take at least five consecutive days off each year.
It’s unlike other policies in that you can’t just take several short trips – 3-day camping trips, for instance – but instead must go a specific number of days without working.
In 2015, people chose any destination they wanted – from Seattle to Machu Picchu to Tokyo – and traveled on their own. They just had to spend at least one day giving back to the local community.
In 2016, the entire company traveled to Mexico City together, and employees were asked to blog about their travels.
- AFAR Media
All full-time employees at travel company AFAR Media get 30 days of paid vacation (senior employees get more) and $2,000 in the form of travel stipend.
The company based the policy on research from the Society for Human Resources Management that found vacations lead to productivity, the company explained in 2015.
“We believe in the power of travel,” a blog post reads. “It’s good for the world and good for our bottom line.”
Ranked the best place to work in the world in 2016, Airbnb gives each employee an annual stipend of $2,000 to use at any Airbnb on the planet. The money is split into a quarterly travel coupon and expires at the end of each quarter.
Similar to the G Adventures program, Airbnb has implemented the policy as a way for employees to connect with the company’s user base. Employees also tend to come back feeling more refreshed and recharged.