Back To Career News

Pre-cation: The Best Job Perk You Don’t Have

Most workers don't get much time off between jobs. If you're leaving one job for another, you're unlikely to be able to coordinate a reasonable start date and sufficient notice to keep from burning bridges at your old employer; if you've been unemployed, well, taking more time off without pay might be impossible. But what if you could get a vacation, paid, before you started work?

Most workers don’t get much time off between jobs. If you’re leaving one job for another, you’re unlikely to be able to coordinate a reasonable start date and sufficient notice to keep from burning bridges at your old employer; if you’ve been unemployed, well, taking more time off without pay might be impossible. But what if you could get a vacation, paid, before you started work?

vacation 

(Photo Credit: Simon Davison/Flickr)

At least one company is offering just that. 42Floors, a real estate site based in San Francisco, started giving what they call a pre-cation to all new hires after one new hire benefitted from the paid time off to recover from the stress of his previous gig.

Do You Know What You're Worth?

“The day they get their offer letter, it’s kind of like Christmas morning, in that they have a new job and they’ve already thought through the vacation they’re about to go on,” CEO Jason Freedman tells Slate, who notes that new employees come in refreshed and willing to work.

Companies often give perks that turn out to be benefits for the employer at the expense of the employee, for example, “unlimited vacation days,” which often means that workers take the same or fewer days off than they would if they were allotted a specific amount of paid time off, or free food, which results in workers eating at their desks or working through dinner, or telecommuting privileges, which amounts to permission to work at home after working all day at the office.

Wouldn’t it be nice if more employers started giving benefits like pre-cations, which honestly result in happier workers? After all, rested employees are productive employees — not to mention, loyal ones.

Tell Us What You Think

What’s the best job perk you ever got? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter.

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
Read more from Jen

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
wpDiscuz
What Am I Worth?

What your skills are worth in the job market is constantly changing.