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    Our office has been implementing the one week forced vacation leave since more than 5 years ago. The idea is to give the employee ample rest of the mind and proper removal of stress. But last year, that one week has been increased to 2 weeks (10 consecutive days) vacation. Today is the start of my 10-day vacation and tomorrow I will be leaving for Singapore for a short vacation to make use of my long vacation. I hope that I will be fully relaxed when I go back to work in November.

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    I think this is a great idea because some workers don't always know when they need to slow down and take a rest and this could serve as a reminder to get a bit of relaxation from time to time. It would also benefit the company as the worker will come back happy and refreshed and will be at peak performance.

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    • #3
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      Yes, a little respite is welcome sometimes. In the government service in my country, it used to be the norm that workers in some areas were denied leave for a number of years. When they applied for the leave the leave would be denied the leave because it was considered that they were in an area which could not permit them to be off the job. They were given the order for the accumulation of the leave but after a number of accumulations they had to go on leave because beyond the allowed accumulation point they would start losing out on any other leave due. This resulted in workers sometimes being on leave at many months at a time because they had to now exhausted the accumulated leave. This practice has now somewhat been curtailed and the workers are being allowed to take their leave at the due time.

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      • #4
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        Hi, that is really a great news that calls for a party. Wish you a very happy vacation time in Singapore.

        Our company has also made it mandatory to take 10 leaves at a stretch, that was around 2-3 years back I guess. Employees welcomed this new employee-friendly initiative whole heartedly. But I doubt if we really enjoy our vacation time. In my case even if I am on leave I am always available on my mobile. So I keep on getting various calls from office. Sometimes I even think that it is better to be in the office as there is no meaning for such an off day. So in private companies I don't know how effective it could be if the whole objective is to keep us relaxed and mentally refreshed.

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        • #5
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          This is a great idea. 10 days would be a lot of time to regenerate your body.Aside from having the time for a vacation, you can sleep a lot too.

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          • #6
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            I like the idea of the two weeks forced holiday, not all companies have this kind of arrangement. This in a way would help improve the productivity of the workers. It's obvious sometimes employees would need time off to attend to themselves and families but won't just be able to make out the time because of work tight schedule. Some fear the reaction from the authority if they apply for a short period of rest with no health or other very serious issues.

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            • #7
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              Most big companies here allow the conversion to cash of unused vacation leave hence most employees look forward to the encashment day because they intentionally do not avail of the vacation leave privileges. The real purpose of vacation leave is to give the worker time to relax and unwind. I go for the forced vacation leave of 1 week as a benefit for the health of the employees.

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              • #8
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                Most companies I know encourage people to take their leave but do offer encashment, or carrying leave forward if they cannot. If people never take leave then their work is going to suffer, unless they are one of those rare people who truly loves their jobs.

                One thing I did see was people handling their leave differently depending on whether their personal leave also has to handle illness. In our UK branches most people either used their leave or encashed it. In the US office, which didn't have a seperate sick leave policy, people ended up accumulating a lot of leave at the end of year because they were hoarding it in case of sickness, and then weren't able to take it as we'd have lost entire departments for weeks. The result, not surprisingly, was that the US office had a higher rate of burnout and staff turnover than the UK.

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                  The truck ban hours of 6am to 10pm is kind of restrictive. But surprisingly, the truck owners and operators did not protest much maybe because they admit the fact that trucks can add to the heavy traffic in the daytime. In fact, at exactly 10 pm when the trucks start moving on the roads, heavy traffic is experienced in main roads so the authorities have designated a lane exclusively for trucks. In main roads here, there is a lane called Truck Lane that is the only lane that big trucks can use. So now warehouse operators are being creative in their business because of that truck ban during the daytime hours.


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                  • #10
                    Re: One week forced vacation

                    A better idea might be a lot of short vacations. Note that a lot of people get off on the weekend anyhow. In that case, an extra free day outside the weekend - but connecting to the weekend - is nice to have one or two times a month.

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                    • #11
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                      I liked the idea (it's a very good one) and I think it can be very effective and bring great results (for both sides, company and employee). But unfortunately I don't see this idea being spread around the world, because for sure many large companies wouldn't want this kind of benefit for employees (especially the older ones ).

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