05 Dec '17, 11pm

Unlimited paid leave: Is Singapore ready for it?

SINGAPORE: An unlimited-leave policy sounds like an employee’s dream: It keeps staff happy, encourages them to take time off and minimises the risk of burnout. But at some companies here whose staff had autonomy in deciding how much leave to take and when – no questions asked – it did not quite pan out. Local humour website SGAG, for example, switched to 21 days of leave last year after just one year of offering staff unlimited paid leave. The problem? Some of its staff did not take leave instead. Co-founder Karl Mak had wanted a culture in which the employees would have time to go out, socialise, “fall in love, have a relationship, pursue a hobby or passion outside of work and bring those experiences back to tell stories through the content they create”. But unlimited leave had the opposite effect. “When we reached the end of 2015, people were burning out, they weren’t re...

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