While most of the world relaxes to a temperate beat, the hard-working Yankee keeps faithfully grinding away sacrificing personal lifestyle over workplace to keep the economy booming. Only recently though, has it been brought to light, that perhaps this strong devotion to the workplace may just be the reason why employee burnout is on the rise, why employee turnover is so high, why families are falling apart, why people are not finding job fulfillment, and why Prozac is such a popular drug.
Linchris Hotel Corporation has monitored this trend and has embarked on a mission of nurturing its employees, to ensure these valuable assets not only grow with the company but blossom to their full potential.
Linchris CEO Chris Gistis is doing this by instituting a mandatory three-month paid sabbatical for his corporate executives and general managers after eight years of service. And just to make sure the employee is having fun, Gistis presents a bonus to each individual at the start of each sabbatical.
What prompted Linchris to give their executive employees such a terrific program? "The program has two primary purposes," says Gistis. "One is to compensate our General Managers for the personal time they have lost with their families as a result of working in an industry that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and frequently requires the ma
The second purpose is to aid in attracting, developing, and retaining good general managers. In addition, the program allows the GMs to "recharge the batteries" so that we can avoid the burnout factor. Having worked as a GM myself for several years, I have experienced the demands of the industry and the effect it can have on one's family