Yariv Hasar explains why "unlimited vacation" will help create the best environment for people to thrive.
Prioritizing creating value over work hours
2022 will see a brand-new reality at Amdocs, as we roll out our unlimited vacation program – “Vacation without Limits”. The basics are straightforward: our employees are free to take as much time off as they choose, as long as it’s fully coordinated with their manager. It’s the next natural step of our people-centric journey, and living proof of our “Make it amazing” brand: we are shifting the business focus from effort and quantity (working hours) to results and amazing outcomes.
Unlimited vacation time is about mutual trust
Two years ago, I was an avid advocate for a one-day work from home policy, which we introduced at Amdocs in 2020. The general concern in the industry was that the hybrid work model could potentially throw off working procedures and drive down results. Nowadays, following the new reality created by the pandemic, it’s plain to see that working from home did not damage performance or diminish success rates. We want our employees to know that we trust them to manage their work life appropriately, to deliver on our joint commitments for the business, and to create the teamwork that will allow them to take time off when needed. Our new vacation program is another step we’ve taken to enhance this mutual trust.
A new vacation program for a new world
There’s a real sense of urgency across several industries about employees not taking advantage of their vacation days. Working from home, and the fact that travel opportunities were seriously limited in the past two years, have caused fewer people to go on planned, extended vacations. But we are also aware of the crucial need to rest and recharge. The new status quo where everyone is “always on” while working from home, has blurred necessary boundaries, and we are seeing new forms of exhaustion affecting motivation and productivity.