Netflix Vacation Policy

The San Jose Mercury News has a story on the unlimited vacation policy at Netflix. Actually, it’s not a policy at all – the company doesn’t track vacation days and salaried employees can take as much time off as they want – as long as their work is done (or, presumably, covered by someone else). This is already generating a heavy dose of expected polarized comments on the paper’s website, from “why can’t my company be like that” to “they’re doing it just so they don’t have to pay unpaid vacation when you leave the company.” The reality is that this type of non-policy requires a culture of open communication and trust among employees and managers. Which means it probably wouldn’t work in the vast majority of U.S. businesses.

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