Taking a break

According to a recent report in Forbes magazine, the United States is the only advanced country that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Almost one in four Americans don’t receive any paid vacation or paid holidays, trailing far behind most of the world’s rich nations.

Meanwhile, workers in Brazil lead the pack with 41 paid vacation days and holidays, followed by Finland (40), the UK (37), Spain (34) and Australia (28), among others.

Here at the ImagineNation, we’d be near the top of the list. Team members get a week of paid vacation for each year they’ve been here (up to three) plus all major federal and state holidays (11 in 2014). And we shut down the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s. That’s an average of 31 days a year.

Are we slackers? Far from it. Ours is a fast-paced, high-pressure business with daily deadlines. People work long hours until the work gets done. Creativity (our primary product) and burnout can’t coexist for long.

You can always reach us in an emergency. But as 2014 winds down, we may be a bit more inaccessible than usual. We’re not goofing off. Just recharging.

Brian Rouff serves as managing partner at Imagine Communications. He can be reached by email by clicking here.

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