Under the wrong manager, you can get screwed
Unlimited vacation isn’t simply about vacation days. As a policy it calls in complex questions of trust and company culture. Those features of a workplace are established by leadership, said David Burkus, the author of Under New Management and an associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University.
“If it’s cutthroat, and employees are working hard and skipping vacations to put in more hours and outperform their colleagues, this policy won’t work,” Burkus said. “If it’s a culture where you already trust employees to do what’s in their and your best interest and give them a lot of freedom, then it should work really well.”
It’s a passive perk, said Renee Pepmiller, 33, who got unlimited vacation in her past job at Zirtual. “It’s one of those things that’s easy to offer on paper,” she said. “But unless it’s properly encouraged and utilized by leadership, it falls by the wayside and in practice is generally underused.”