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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! 

Thank you

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  • Hi Emma

    Interesting question, in organisations I have worked in we have always treated sabaaticals as a policy and not a benefit.  This is because as you know it very much depends on the manager and whether this can be accommodated in the business.

    If you don't have access to a HR document back, you can google this as many organisations publish theirs online and you may be able to take inspiration from these should you choose to go down that route


    I hope this helps


    UCL Human Resources - Sabbatical Leave Policy and Procedure
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