It is very difficult to get a day off from the workplace, and it seems to be tougher to get a day off from the job if it’s in a tech startup or in a similar organization.
Evading that pattern is Basecamp’s CEO Jason Fried, who not just gives his organization’s representatives three weeks of paid time off every year, but also gives them a chance to go for some portion of it on the house on the off chance that they’ve been working for over a year. This advantage is known as the “Basecamp Holiday Gift,” and the individuals who haven’t yet finished an entire year of work still get a free night on the town.
Basecamp’s advantages, when compared to any other advantages from different companies are what a great many people working in the tech business, or anyplace else, would envy. Here are five of the highlights.
- Four-day work weeks from the earliest starting point of May through the end of August.
- A $100 stipend for sound exercises; recreation center participation, yoga, and so forth.
- A $100 message stipend with the goal that you can “stay free.”
- A $1,000 Continuing Education Allowance. The courses you take don’t need to be important to your employment.
- 16 weeks of paid maternal leave, and 6 weeks of paid fatherly leave.
On top of all that is a non-formal advantage, which is Basecamp’s support to all employees to keep their work hours to 40 hours a week, saying: “We don’t want people working more than 40 hours a week in any sustained fashion (we even built in a ‘Work Can Wait‘ feature in Basecamp 3 which turns Basecamp notifications off after work hours and on weekends).”