I am currently working on a Flexible Benefits project with my manager. One of the 'benefits' that has been mentioned is the opportunity to take 'sabbaticals', historically we have not had this as a benefit, it has fallen under the 'emergency and other leave' policy and was always decided on manager's discretion. Recently we have had 2 people request to take sabbaticals - both have been agreed, but it has put it on the HR Director's radar who has now asked for a review of sabbaticals and how they should be offered/granted. I was hoping that some of you may be able to share your thoughts, is there a policy in your company or is it classed as a benefit? How often does it come up and what are the managers/Senior team's thoughts on them?
Any comments or shared experiences will be useful!