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Picture this: A dream vacation to a faraway destination, paid for by your company. The only stipulation is you are not allowed to check your work email or take any work-related calls while you are gone.

Sound like a dream? It's a reality for employees at FullContact, a Denver-based software company that offers a paid vacation as a benefit. The company gives $7,500 to each employee to be used toward a vacation of their choosing.

According to the FullContact website, they explain that it's important to "disconnect" and be off the grid to be a better employee when you are in the office. Knowing about the vacation perk, the company says, encourages the team to be empowered, make decisions, and contribute.

 

Some companies are also implementing unlimited vacation days as a way to encourage and trust their team.

Virgin founder Richard Branson recently announced unlimited vacation within his company, following in the footsteps of Netflix and Evernote.

Branson told the press his reasoning was that flexible hours have revolutionized the way we work. "If working nine to five no longer applies, then why should strict annual leave policies?" Branson wrote in his blog.

According to the New York Times, as much as 40% of Americans don't use their paid time off at all. Fear of being replaced, paired with being "extremely stressed" and overwhelmed with work responsibilities, stop employees from taking time away from the office.

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