Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Civilian "Combat Leave"

Recently I was talking to a person who works in what most people would regard as a high pressure job. Not constant pressure but certainly far above the norm, involving a great deal of second-guessing, and even an element of danger.

As we spoke, it struck me that this individual earns vacation and sick leave at the same rate as other people whose jobs have far less stress and fewer negatives and who truly need time away from work far less often. 

Perhaps we need the equivalent of "combat pay" in the allocation of vacation leave.

Another question arose: how often are people in such positions rotated into less stressful assignments for a week or two? In my experience that is rarely the case.

And then we wonder why people experience burn-out.

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