Several of my faithful readers have expressed surprise, amazement, and maybe even a little jealous hostility at the fact that I’m planning a three week vacation.
Hey, I can’t help it if I work for a great company with liberal vacation policies! My boss, Greg, stopped in my office today to ask about my vacation plans and commented, “You know, everybody ought to be required to take at least two weeks off at one time at least once every year, just to get away from this place and recharge. When you’re gone that long you come back with a fresh perspective on things.”
I’ve told you how great my boss is, right? (And how he reads my blog to find out what I’m really saying about him?)
You’re a great boss, Greg! (Now maybe I’ll still have a job when I get back!)
Oh yeah, I also can’t help it if I happen to be the H.R. Manager and write all these employee-friendly policies, can I? After all, it’s not really just self-serving. Part of my job is to improve morale and reduce turnover. So I do that part of my job very well.
My daughter Joy (Christina to many of you) knows all about getting fired the first week back after taking a week of vacation. This past January she’d been off for a week on our annual family ski vacation, went to work on Monday, and was fired on a trumped up issue on Tuesday. We figured they “selected” her for discharge during her time away.
I tell all of our employees that Catbert, the “evil H. R. Director” in Adam Scott’s comic strip “Dilbert,” is my hero. I have a little bean-bag figure of Catbert perched on top of my office computer monitor. But I think (hope) that most of our employees perceive me as a bit more benevolent than Catbert.
So, anyway, my employer actually encourages two or three week vacations. It took me 39 years to find this job, and I don’t plan to leave it any time soon.
(No, we’re NOT accepting resumes or applications now, so please don’t send me yours.)