Unlimited Vacation and Other Forms of Guilt-Based Management
Johnathan Nightingale

Having worked at Best Buy Corporate for 3 years, I always found their vacation policy to be very freeing during the time I was there. They operated on a “use it or lose it” policy and the playing field was exceptionally level. As an entry-level, salaried employee, I was given 23 full days off per year and if I didn’t use them by the end of the year, they were gone and the number reset to 23.

The best part? I felt extremely valued because I knew that the people who had been there for 5, 10, 15 years only got a maximum of 25 days off per year.

This did, however, lead to some funny weeks towards the end of the time period where the office would be nearly empty every Friday as everyone was using up their vacation. But, the culture in my business group was very supportive of taking personal time.

I even had a manager that recognized that single people without families needed personal time too. When I joined the team, my manager told me at our first 1-on-1 that taking personal time just for me was perfectly acceptable, since my family co-workers always had the “I just need to spend time with my kids” answer as a no-questions-asked answer every time. It definitely helped to lessen my guilt when I wanted some “me” time to play a newly released game or just sleep in on a wintery day and not have to shovel until 2pm.

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