Quit Gushing: Richard Branson’s Unlimited Vacation Is a Trick | TIME: . . . simply stated, the policy-that-isn’t permits all salaried staff to take off whenever they want for as long as they want. There is no need to ask for prior approval and neither the employees themselves nor their managers are asked or expected to keep track of their days away from the office. It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off, the assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel a hundred per cent comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!
Okay, now review those last two words about what he is warning people to be sure not to damage. Now ask yourself if you have ever been 100% comfortable about your career while working for a large corporation. Obviously someone is keeping track of something or this would not qualify as an organization. He is giving every salaried worker the opportunity to outperform colleagues. He is potentially undercutting cooperation, and probably adding to the stress of his employees. And he is even making it acceptable to take no time off.
most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media
warnings about the perils of religious cults — the gurus who lurked in
wait for the unwary and confused, offering absolute certainty with the
aftertaste of poisoned Kool-Aid. From the 1970s through the 1990s, from
Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate, frightening fringe groups and their
charismatic leaders seemed like an essential element of the American