Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg spent the fall semester on sabbatical in New York, Italy, and Sonoma, Calif. While sabbaticals are traditionally thought of as a traveling privilege for college professors, Rosenberg argued stepping away from your current work could be beneficial for others too.
He wrote a reflection on his experience for the Mac Weekly:
I am of course keenly aware that most people in most professions work their entire lives without having a sabbatical (helpfully reminded, from time to time, by my spouse). I feel most fortunate to have had this gift of freedom. I wish our society embraced the understanding that we would collectively be healthier and more productive if more people were granted a similar gift. Many Europeans, for instance, seem to regularly incorporate a sabbatical into their working lives. They call it "August." And yes, they do seem to undermine the notion that sabbaticals and productivity are directly correlated, but I am convinced nonetheless that there can be a happy middle ground between the American--particularly the male American-- pride in working to exhaustion and the Italian custom of the three-hour lunch.
Major corporations like Intel, American Express, and General Mills routinely allow partially paid sabbaticals. Even Gawker Media - formerly known for their "permalancer" practices- has a sabbatical policy.
Vipin Goyal, who founded his business SideTour after taking a six-month sabbatical, and yourSABBATICAL.com Co-Founder Elizabeth Pagano join The Daily Circuit to explore the validity of professional sabbaticals.