Even when Americans earn paid time off or are given unlimited vacation time, many still fear the repercussions of taking some well deserved me time — “work martyrs,” they’re often called.
Mark Douglas, CEO of the marketing and advertising company SteelHouse, has a different analogy.
“If you have a caged lion that was born in captivity, and then you open the cage, they back up more into the cage. They don’t start running free,” he told Business Insider. “When we first started telling people they had unlimited vacation, they didn’t even know how to interpret that.”
That was in 2010, when SteelHouse launched. By 2011, Douglas had figured out a solution: Pay people to take vacation.