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Birthday Leave

Steve Gilles
Dec 11
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We implemented birthday leave this year. Being a December baby, I can finally confirm that it is rad.

I’ve always been a fan of Lara Hogan’s 1-on-1 questions. In her book Resilient Management there was a new question: “How do you treat yourself”.

Our team’s answers were all about spending time doing things, or with family. Here we were hosting birthday lunches and giving gifts. They’re lovely, but were never going to hit the mark.

This isn’t revolutionary but here’s our policy:
- Has to be taken on the day.
- Make it a long weekend if your birthday falls on a weekend / public holiday.
- Use it or lose it. This leave does not accrue.
- Autoresponder on, phone off. Let us know what we can cover.
- Treat Yo Self (and tell us about it in #random).


Nic’s Barry’s sesh + fancy lunch.


JP’s family day.


Shaila’s Jervis Bay adventure.

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