Commentary

It always pays to take sabbaticals and vacations

Some research on Americans who take their vacation time shows they are more likely to get a raise or promotion - not less.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

No sooner had Citigroup announced its new sabbatical policy - 12 weeks at 25 per cent pay for employees who'd been at the bank at least five years - than the debate erupted: In the highly competitive world of finance, would it be a career killer to take advantage of that kind of deal?

I'm not surprised some people asked. In 2018, the average American full-time employee earned 23 paid days off a year, but used only 17 of them, according to a study funded by the non-profit US Travel Association (USTA) using data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 10, 2021, with the headline 'It always pays to take sabbaticals and vacations'. Subscribe