Vacation in the workplace is a hot-button issue. You either don’t get enough, or your company gives you so much that you feel guilty using it. No matter how you skin the PTO Cat, you’re coming up with the short end of the stick.
Hell, most people can’t remember the last actual vacation they took between the weddings and bachelor(ette) parties they’re being forced into. And even when you are on vacation, you spend a lot more time worrying about how miserable your inbox is going to look upon your return as opposed to prioritizing drinking tall ones with pineapples sticking out of them.
That is, unless you work for The Motley Fool, a financial services firm in Alexandria, Virginia, who have the most preposterous vacation policy in the history of vacation policies. Every month – yes, every damn month – the company draws names out of an actual hat. Whoever’s name gets drawn gets a two-week vacation and $1,000 to toss around while they’re gallivanting around the world. They also aren’t required to be in contact in any capacity with the company while they’re on said vacation, which might the best perk of the entire gig. It’s called “Fool’s Errand” and it’s the greatest schtick ever. Per their blog, this is exactly how it works:
The Fool’s Errand is a special prize — two weeks off and $1,000. So what are the rules? The chosen Fool must leave immediately and have no contact with the office, with the money only available if these guidelines are followed. The generous gift of $1,000 can be used for anything — plane tickets, hotel rooms, skydiving lessons…you name it!
Uh, yeah, where do I apply?
If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. The one factor that you have to worry about is how long you’ve been at the company. For every year you put in, you get another entry. So if you’re applying for jobs one year and eight months into your tenure there, you’re an idiot. At least put in a couple more months to see if you can lock down a two-week stay on an island somewhere, jackass. .
[via Real Simple]