Sabbaticals and Employee Motivation: Benefits, Concerns, and Implications

The Journal of Education for Business 01/2005; 80 (3): 160-164(3). DOI: 10.3200/JOEB.80.3.160-164


The use of sabbaticals as a means to improve employee motivation and morale is growing rapidly as companies seek ways to retain their star performers and fight the effects of job burnout. In this article, the authors examine the various forms of sabbaticals in diverse industries, the reasons for their use, and the relevant benefits and concerns for organizations and employees. The authors' review of current literature suggests that the adoption of sabbaticals can have positive effects on both business organizations and employees. They conclude with implementation strategies for making sabbaticals work effectively and suggestions for possible future research on the issue.

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