How would you like a job where you could take as much holiday as you wanted without having to ask permission?
That is what is planned for some employees of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
The often controversial boss has told 170 staff working at head office they can take as much annual leave as they like.
The catch is that those workers would have to feel they are “100 percent comfortable” that they had done all their work, Branson says in his blog.
In addition their absence must not negatively affect the business or their careers.
For the moment this life-rebalancing exercise applies only to those working in Branson’s family office, his investment team, marketing, brand and PR people as well as the Virgin Unite foundation, but it could be extended to all Virgin subsidiaries, covering a total of 50,000 employees.
Branson is not the first boss to do this. US based video streaming service Netflix also does not track the vacation its staff takes.
Netflix says as when it implemented this policy staff morale, creativity and productivity all rose.
The idea has been welcomed by some. Professor Cary Cooper at Lancaster University says it is a contribution to a healthy and productive workforce.
Others have criticised it as a publicity stunt for Branson’s new book, ‘The Virgin Way’.