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Job Stress: Time to Give Employees a Break?

Posted by Tucker, Elissa at Wednesday, 11/14/2012 2:17 pm
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Job stress is the aspect of employment that U.S. workers are least satisfied with according to Gallup’s Work and Education poll (“U.S. Workers Least Happy with Their Work Stress and Pay,”, November 12, 2012).

Recently, APQC launched a new stress-reduction initiative—a sabbatical program for benefits-eligible APQC employees. Designed to reenergize and retain its work force, APQC’s sabbatical program offers extra paid time off (PTO) at different points in an employee’s tenure.

Mini sabbaticals, called timeouts, are offered at 5 years of service (one extra week of PTO) and at 10 years of service (two extra weeks of PTO). Full sabbaticals are extended at 15 years of service, providing an extra six consecutive weeks of PTO to long-tenured employees. Read about the program in the October 3, 2012 Houston Chronicle article, “How to Make a Sabbatical Work.”

Then, explore APQC content items featuring benchmarks and best practices related to the topic of employee respite.

Average Number of Vacation Days Offered
Average Number of Sick Days Taken
Retention and Work/Life Balance at General Mills--April 2012 HCM Community Call (Slides)*
Take a Comprehensive View of Work/Life Balance
Employee Health and Wellness—Collection**

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**Includes some content items that are free to nonmembers

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