Sabbaticals in The News

We’re always on the lookout for sabbatical news stories. They tend to bea great resource for inspiring tales workplace statistics, and motivation and insight for your own getaway. Nearly every story contains interviews with people who’ve managed to escape – combined, they cover an incredibly diverse range of careers and businesses.

Happy reading!

-Dan & Tara

How One Executive Used a Sabbatical To Fix His Career
The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2008

One morning in 2005, Daniel H. Marcus awoke in a pitch-black hotel room. The executive-pay consultant knew he needed to see a corporate client, his third in three days in three far-flung cities. But for several minutes, he didn’t know where he was or who awaited him. <read more>

It’s Time to Take This Job and Shelve It
The Baltimore Sun, january 13, 2008

I have some advice about real life, and it is this: Escape from it, as often as you can. <read more>

Time out for the burned out
The Globe and Mail, Novermber 3, 2007

…growing number of Canadians who are taking a break from work by taking advantage of sabbaticals: paid or unpaid leaves, generally stretching from a month to a year, with their job waiting for them on their return. <read more>

Bosses see benefit in giving sabbaticals to workers
Christian Science Monitor, September 24, 2007

Managers take a page from academia, see extended time off as a way to reward and retain employees. <read more>

How to Hatch Plans for Your Great Escape
TImes Online, August 11, 2007

Himalayan peaks, the Amazon rainforest, white sandy beaches. Do you sometimes daydream of escape from the office? Probably, according to research for Norwich Union, the insurer, which indicates that a quarter of British workers are planning a career break in the next year <read more>

One in Four Planning a Sabbatical
Birmingham Post, July 3, 2007

One in four people are planning to take a break from work in the next year, often to do charity work or achieve a lifetime goal such as climbing in the Himalayas, a survey showed today. <read more>

Burned Out? Try a Sabbatical
Bankrate.com, June 13, 2007

Professionals across the board are taking a breather to do an array of interesting things. Sabbaticals can take the form of a structured program in your field, such as a fellowship, or a personal long- or short-term leave from your job to pursue a specific goal. Since most sabbatical leave is unpaid by employers, starting on solid financial ground is key. <read more>

How to Move Forward When You’re Between Jobs
FastCompany, May 2001

Learn how to transform a layoff into a savvy sabbatical — a time to recharge your batteries and learn new skills without sabotaging your résumé. Author Hope Dlugozima offers tips for taking six months off smart. <read more>

Sabbaticals Are Serious Business
Fast Company, October 1996

Burned out? Take six months — or just an afternoon. There are as many roads to ‘creative renewal’ as Hallmark has greeting cards. <read more>

What is a sabbatical?
iVillage

Make time for yourself – think about taking a break from work. <read more>

Sabbaticals Aren’t Just for Academics Anymore
The New York Times, April 22, 2006

Though the academic world initiated sabbatical programs, they have been embraced by the government and the private sector, including companies as varied as McDonald’s, Nike, Boston Consulting, Goldman Sachs and Silicon Graphics as well as law and accounting firms. Some companies restrict time off to educational forays and charitable projects, while others encourage everything from beachcombing, family time and travel. <read more>

Time Out – more employees jump at chance to take a sabbatical
American Demographics

In an effort to cut costs and mitigate the number of layoffs, global consulting firm Accenture last year offered employees an unusual proposal: Workers who agreed to take an 80 percent pay cut would be allowed a 6- to 12-month sabbatical with full benefits. Reaction to the proposal was swift, as more than 1,400 of 17,000 eligible workers in the United States jumped at the chance. <read more>

Radical Sabbaticals
Fast Company, October 199
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Here’s a sure-fire way to break the career monotony. <read more>

Rules for Radical Sabbaticals
Fast Company, October 1998

Advice on how to take that break. <read more>

Sabbaticals Can Be The Pause That Refreshes
The Wall Street Journal Online, August 4, 200
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Sabbaticals became more common during the 1990s dot-com boom, when many employers were tripping over one another to woo and keep talent <read more>

Can a Small-Business Owner Take a Sabbatical?
Inc.com, June 2001

Can a business owner — the person who holds the ultimate responsibility for the organization’ s continued vitality or demise — be spared for the weeks or months required for a sabbatical? <read more>

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