Sabbatical Leave Policies

Business Group members have started to express interest to explore more about sabbatical policies, however, few have implemented on a global scope. Offering sabbaticals to employees allows them to recharge and train someone in another role (by having that employee move into that role during). 

January 09, 2020

Business Group members have started to express interest to explore more about sabbatical policies, however, few have implemented on a global scope. Offering sabbaticals to employees allows them to recharge and train someone in another role (by having that employee move into that role during). Some examples of members implementing these programs are below:

  • Member #1: A 30 day period every 5 years as long as the employee is in good standing. It is a branded program. The employee is not required to use it.
  • Global Institute Member #2: Offers a 3-6 week sabbatical every 5 years.
  • Global Institute Member #3: Offers both a 8 week sabbatical at 7 years or a 4 week at 4 years. Other employees fill-in during this time
  • Global Institute Member #4: Offering is more limited. Only certain employee levels have access to it. The employee gets an 8 week sabbatical after 10 years (offered only once). It is a global program.

Employer Example #1

  • 7.5 hours of paid time annually for an Employee to volunteer during work time for community engagement activities sponsored and/or funded by the company.
  • Employees may select an event listed on the ERIE Service Corps event calendar after obtaining approval for time off from their manager.
  • Employees can submit events to be reviewed/approved and placed on the calendar.
Do You Offer Paid or Unpaid Sabbatical Programs? 
Figure 1: Do You Offer Paid or Unpaid Sabbatical Programs?

Number of responses=26

Employer Example #2

  • Do not offer sabbatical leave or paid/unpaid volunteer time.
  • They do however offer a charitable contribution for the organization to which you volunteered your time and pay a set amount per hour volunteered.
length of sabbatical program 
Sabbatical program eligibility requirements 
frequency of sabbatical program participation 

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