WorkHappy Wrap: Vacation time wasted, one-month paid sabbaticals and matching up with your mentor

by Jennifer Sigler | May 31, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Only some American workers are taking more time off – what gives?

Another week in the books. Here’s what’s happening:

Nose to the grindstone: According to a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association, people are taking more time off — just not Millennial women. The Washington Post reported this week that a difference in the amount of vacation time used can be seen along gender lines. While 51 percent of men reported using all their earned vacation days — a 7 percent increase from the year before — only 44 percent of Millennial women reported using all of their vacation days, down from 46 percent the previous year.


Women are more likely to feel guilty and replaceable, as well as a need to “show complete dedication.” But paid vacation is part of a total compensation package. I think it’s about time we all took advantage of our R & R.

A slight rest for the weary: One Hong Kong-based company has a quite different approach to this thing we call “work-life balance.” Employees of the company — Secret Tour Hong Kong — frequently pull 21-hour days  — a regular eight-hour shift, with lots of overtime. That is 21 hours. In return, the company is instituting an annual one-month paid sabbatical for every employee.

Talk about time management. This is on top of the existing 10 days of paid vacation and additional compensation for weekends and holidays. The company also covers all meals and taxis during overtime shifts, which is a very nice perk. But in the words of Amy Poehler, “Good for you, not for me.”

Size matters: LinkedIn has released the top 50 in-demand companies to work for right now, and many of them are giants. LinkedIn analyzed features such as job application numbers and the amount of time employees stayed with a company to calculate the list. Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Tesla all appear in the top 10.

Most of these companies offer employee perks outside of the traditional 401(k) that are becoming more and more important to young professionals. While a sizable paycheck is nothing to sneeze at, work culture is of utmost importance to this generation’s workers


We love a good mentorship story, and the Atlantic’s series on mentorship is where it’s at. Seriously. Read all of them. This mentorship is between two talented lawyers, Lisa James-Beavers (Villanova, 1988) and Lisa Helem (University of Michigan, 2009) — both committed to encouraging the inclusion of black women within the law profession.

The accolades between these two are impressive — most of which could not have happened without their professional relationship. On the shoulders of giants, indeed.

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