Canadian Company Offers Unlimited Paid Vacation

Looking for a company that offers extensive amount of paid vacation in Canada?

Looks like this is too good to be true, but in fact it does exist.

BuildDirect, a Vancouver-based website that sells wholesale priced building materials, has just revamped its employee vacation policy; it grants its 300 employees unlimited paid vacation.

“We ask people to deliver a lot of aggressive results and we feel like that needs to be balanced with taking a break,” Heidi Rolston, the company’s vice-president of people, told CTV Vancouver.

It is not the first time, though, that a company has offered such generous holiday benefits. Large companies such as LinkedIn, Netflix and General Electric have already introduced this perk.

“If working nine to five no longer applies, then why should strict annual leave (vacation) policies?” Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, which also has the same unlimited holiday offer, wrote in a blog post when describing the new plan in 2014.

Giving such option will help employees learn new skills to adapt and make them more productive at work, Rolston believes. BuildDirect monitors vacation time and reminds employees to take time off work.

What then is the catch?

“We still need to service our customers; we still need to work with our suppliers. So it’s not like we have complete flexibility around this,” said Rolston, adding that sales targets must still be met.

Nonetheless, employees are upbeat about the chances to take time off from work and relax.

“My past few jobs I was always the girl taking unpaid vacation so I’m really excited to be able to take my minimum and then some, which I definitely will do,” said Katie Kernahan, a marketing manager.

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