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You May Be Due for a Sabbatical and Not Even Know It

You’re probably not taking enough time off. In fact, while employees are earning more time off, they’re still leaving a staggering amount of vacation time on the table: 662 million days in 2016. If you’ve been at your company for two years or more, you may be eligible to take a sabbatical.

A sabbatical is a period away from work your employer allows you to take. This time is generally unpaid and can last weeks or months, and at the end you normally either return to your position or to a similar job at the same level. On sabbatical, you generally can’t perform paid work. Although some companies fully pay employees during their sabbaticals, others may minimize or freeze salaries, which means you have to plan ahead: To make the most of your sabbatical, you’ll either need to save, use your spouse’s income, or take out a personal loan to subsidize your extended time off.

This benefit may sound too good to be true, but it serves both the employee and the company. It helps stress-test the organizational chart and lets other employees take on responsibilities and more leadership. Most importantly, a sabbatical can rejuvenate your career. Learn more in the infographic below.

Sabbatical Infographic: You may be due for a sabbatical and not know it