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How would you like to work somewhere with unlimited vacation days? For most people, that answer is a resounding, “Yes!” If you’re a job seeker, the number of days a company allots its employees can make-or-break your decision to take the job if hired or cause you to look elsewhere if your company lacks sufficient time off. However, employees can’t always find time to take off work, even though we know that a break in the form of a vacation is good for our stress levels.
A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive for Ask.com shows just how important abundant vacation time is to workers, even if they’re not using it: More than a third of people surveyed said unlimited paid time off would encourage them to take or keep a job (34%). Although only 38% of workers surveyed actually take all their paid time off (PTO) days.
Some employees look at paid vacation policies like additional savings in their pocket because they can cash-in those days when they leave the company. However, unlimited PTO has its pluses and minuses. It sounds amazing, but employees say it’s hard to find time to take off. And especially in small teams, employees feel guilty leaving their coworkers with an increased workload when leaving. Employers who support unlimited PTO say it makes their employees feel like adults and requires workers who are the self-managing types.
But whether you support unlimited vacations or not, actually taking time off from work has been shown to decrease stress and increase your happiness, at least temporarily.
Check out this infographic about work-life balance and tell us: How many PTO days will you have taken by the end of this year?
Think it would be weird to stay in a stranger’s home instead of a hotel while on vacation? Judging by the rapid growth of Airbnb, millions of people are already cozying up to the concept.
The San Francisco-based startup, which allows you to make rooms in your home available as though it were a hotel, announced on Tuesday that it reached 10 million guest nights booked within the last 12 months. This is a huge accomplishment, as the company said it had reached five million nights booked less than six months ago.
In the U.S., about 4.4 million nights have been booked, which is a 300% jump from this time last year. Although demand for Airbnb accommodations in the U.S. has increased 240% in the last year, it also has 95,000 listings in Europe alone and 20,000 properties across Central and South America.
According to Airbnb, those from the U.S. are the most active users on the site. Of the 35,000 people that are staying in an Airbnb spot right now, about 15,000 traveled from the U.S., followed by 3,000 from the U.K. and 2,500 from both Germany and Australia…Read More
Source: Mashable.com, Airbnb