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Best workplace lets employees set their own vacation policy

Logos Bible Software boasts one of nation's most generous vacation policies … and plenty of other perks

BELLINGHAM, Wash.Logos Bible Software has a new vacation policy: there is no vacation policy. The world's leading publisher of Bible software, and a consistent “Best Workplaces” award winner, threw out most of its employee manual last year.

iOS Preview “We had a big book full of detailed policies written by HR experts and attorneys. When employees would ask for clarification on a policy, or an exception to the rules, we realized that we didn't know or even care about the details,” said Logos President/CEO Bob Pritchett. “We have great employees and want to keep them happy. Long policy documents don't make people happy; trusting people and giving them autonomy makes them happy.”

Logos threw out just about everything in the employee manual that wasn't required by law. Most salaried employees now have complete discretion over sick days, holidays and vacation time. “When you give great people exciting work, you don't need policies to tie them to their desk,” explained Pritchett. “It's more important that we remind them to take some time off to relax and refresh!”

To encourage that, Logos provides numerous employee perks, including an outdoor center for biking, kayaking, canoeing and disc golf and an indoor center complete with free movie, video game and book rentals. A music center, with guitars, keyboards and a drum set, is available for private practice or jamming with co-workers. Standard tech company accessories like ping pong, air hockey, foosball, scooters, Nerf guns and elaborate free beverage stations throughout the campus headquarters ensure there is something for everyone.

Nearly a year into the new policy of no policy, Logos reports that it has aided in recruiting, retention and an atmosphere of increased responsibility and autonomy. Take the tour.

Logos is the leading provider of multilingual tools and resources for Bible study on Macs, PCs and mobile devices. Logos has served pastors, scholars and everyone who wants to study the Bible since 1992, partnering with 150 publishers to offer more than 21,000 Christian ebooks to users in 210 countries. | |