How Sabbaticals Can Be A Useful Tool For Retaining Productive Employees

1326 Words Nov 25th, 2014 6 Pages
The term “Sabbatical” is derived from the Hebrew word shabbath meaning “to rest”. The term’s biblical roots date back to a prominent agricultural society in which the land is plowed year after year and on the seventh year the land rests (Levine, 2007). This sabbatical year allows for production to halt and for reflection and rejuvenation to be sown. By allowing the land to rest, it helps sustain fields, create a restored harvest, and cultivate better people. By applying the same concept of the field to the employee, employers need to allow the employee’s productive capacity, brain, and heart to rest while not being exerted in the manner it has been for the previous six years (Page, 2010). The majority of research surrounding sabbaticals is conducted in university and healthcare environments. This paper seeks to show how sabbaticals can be a useful tool in retaining productive employees, exceeding strategic research goals, and sustaining employee’s well being.
Turnover is very costly to organizations. The healthcare industry in 2009 reported the average turnover for one RN can cost an institution $22,000 to $64,000; furthermore, a single facility with high nurse turnover can spend $3.6 million on turnover per year. In the United States, the average RN turnover rate ranges from eight percent to fourteen percent (Schaar & Swenty, 2012). Research has shown if employees are not properly supported in their professional development and accomplishments, they will leave…
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