I'm sure you will have read or heard about Richard Branson's latest
stunt idea. He wrote on the Virgin website how his daughter picked up on Netflix unlimited vacation policy - and how he wants to offer something similar to 170 of his staff.
The Guardian and BBC covered it (among others).
Some of the comments on The Guardian's site are interesting...
"Semco have been doing it for decades very successfully - workers set their own hours and choose their own holidays... It's a sad statement on how people are conditioned to not being treated as responsible adults that many can't see how this could work well for both parties." - Iain Gray
"It is workable. Because... it has the reverse effect. Saying 'sure, you can take as many holidays as you like whenever you like' but with *no* guaranteed holidays, the effect is that people, through fear, take less.Take as many as you like, but are you a team player? You took more than Bob here, why is that? Will you take as many holidays this year as next year? It masquerades as something beneficial for employees but is the reverse." - BWhale
In a Comment is Free piece by Anne Perkins, the sub editor writes "Richard Branson’s ‘unlimited holiday’ sounds great – until you think about it". There are loads of comments on that post, too (which I've not read).
We discussed 'holacracy' and going boss free last year. The Times They Are a-Changin' - as Dylan might say... but it all seems a million miles from evaluating flexible working requests.
What do you think?