How PayScale is Celebrating ‘Independence Week’

Mandatory time off from work could be one way to avoid holiday burnout.
By: | July 2, 2018 • 2 min read
An out of office sign illustrates mandatory time off from work
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Midweek holidays, such as this year’s Independence Day, can pose a challenge for productivity, as workers, and their employers, grapple with a day off interrupting the momentum of the work week. So instead of one day off, how about a full week?

That’s the solution that PayScale, a provider of cloud-compensation services, decided on for this Fourth of July. The company instituted “Independence Week,” five mandated paid days off for its 450 employees across the country. PayScale already offers unlimited PTO, and the additional mandatory time off from work is another effort to “help employees live full and balanced lives,” said company CEO Mike Metzger.


“This collective week off felt like a natural next step for us in ensuring that employees have an opportunity to fully disconnect from work and reconnect with family, friends and the activities that help them recharge,” Metzger said.

To that end, employees were encouraged ahead of the week off to share their plans for how they’ll spend their vacation, using the hashtag #PSIndependenceWeek2018 on social media. A quick search brings up photos of workers grilling, playing video games, on trips to Las Vegas and Walt Disney World or just relaxing at home with family. Fully shutting down operations for a week took some planning, but Stacey Klimek, vice president of people at PayScale, said she thinks the effort “will pay off significantly in better employee engagement, long-term retention, renewed creativity and even better customer focus.”