The boss of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, is offering his personal staff as much holiday as they want. On his website, he said that his staff of 170 could "take off whenever they want for as long as they want". He added that there was no need to ask for approval, nor say when they planned to return, the assumption being that the absence would not damage the firm. Mr Branson said he was inspired by his daughter, who read about a similar plan at the online TV firm Netflix. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a Virgin Airlines pilot parachuting down onto a tropical beach. He's holding a bag in one hand, and a phone (or walkie talkie) in the other. He tells the passengers on the plane, "This is your captain speaking ..." Meanwhile, on the beach, holidaymakers are looking up in surprise.
Branson's idea would make a good discussion topic for business English classes. What are the potential benefits and the possible pitfalls? Could this idea be applied more generally in other job situations? What if employees take too much holiday?