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

I have to say that I totally disagree with this article. I have worked in a company that offers unlimited holidays. This company is Bynder, and while they were all (over)excited about it and they clearly did it for the good PR, I also think they had a legit intention to offer it as a no-bullshit perk.

I say this because when the policy was introduced, they explained the reasoning behind it: we trust you and we only care about you getting your work done. Plus, we still needed to get those holidays approved. We also thought that it was a trap, but at least in my personal experience it wasn’t.

I joined the company the 1st of December, and before signing the contract, I told them I had a trip booked and that I would be away for 3 weeks starting a week after my first day of work. They were okay with it, and that’s what happened, I left for my holidays. Nobody frowned at me or anything. I had 3 weeks paid holidays just a week after joining. In the next months, I still asked for a few days off on special occasions, and it was still okay. When I left the company, I was paid for holidays I hadn’t used.

I never saw anyone feeling guilty about having free days. We did our best while at work, and we had days off, period. I think it’s a good practice and total common sense in engineering. We do a lot of mental effort and very often we work long hours, why sticking to a fixed number of free days, that’s the real bullshit. Working/resting habits should adapt to this new age, and evolve.

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