The Pros and Cons of Unlimited Vacation

Anthea Business Development

Due to the fact that no two businesses operate in the same way and have different peak times throughout the year, vacation policies tend to vary heavily from company to company.

However, as a new generation continues to make its way into the workforce, there seems to be more of a focus on work-life balance, specifically through the use of unlimited vacation time. Linkedin is just one famous example of company offering this perk:

But, before your organization implements an unlimited vacation policy, it’s important to examine the following pros and cons:

Pros of Unlimited Vacation Time

  1. It’s a great recruiting tool. Unlimited vacation time is a great attractant for potential hires. And with more and more companies taking the unlimited vacation time approach, you may lose potential employees to other businesses.
  2. It gives employees an opportunity to recharge. Those that work 40 hours a week every week are likely to get burnt out. Unlimited vacation time gives them an opportunity to take a break from the grind without feeling guilty. After a much-needed break, employees can then return with a new mindset.

Cons of Unlimited Vacation Time

  1. The policy isn’t always feasible. Certain jobs in industries like health care and sales often require workers to be available. Unlimited vacation can create situations where you are short-staffed in critical moments.
  2. It can be hard to regulate. Inevitably, some employees may take more advantage of unlimited vacation time than others. This can create a scenario where some employees that can’t always take off begin to feel as if they are being treated unfairly. This can create unwanted tension in the workplace.

There’s no doubt that unlimited vacation time can be beneficial under the right circumstances. Prior to implementing such a policy, it’s important to take a hard look at your organizational structure to determine if unlimited vacation time is a suitable fit.