Gawker Media used to have a reputation for being a sweatshop where bloggers who got paid per post flamed out after a year or so.(When I was there a long time ago, I got paid $12 a post, and had to write 14 of them per day to afford my New York apartment and groceries.)
To its credit, Nick Denton’s shop has, for a few years now, tried to reverse this reputation.
For example, writers used to be permalancers, and now they are full time employees with real benefits.
Anyway, we were just handed a “leaked” memo from a “source close to the company” which reveals a new perk that, frankly, makes us jealous.
Like the elbow patch wearers, Gawker employees are about to start getting sabbaticals after four years of work.
Here’s part of the memo:
Sabbatical Policy We strive to be a company that allows employees to enjoy tenures longer than your average company’s. But longer than average tenures demand better than average paid time off policies. Earlier this year, we stopped formally tracking paid time off centrally. But sometimes — say, after four years of continuous employment — you need a longer break. Today we announce our Sabbatical Policy: after four years of continuous employment, employees are eligible for one month paid time off. (If an employee waits until their fifth year of service, they are eligible for five weeks off. And six weeks at six years, etc.) Employees must work with their Managers to agree on specific timing and coverage, and ultimately sabbaticals need to be approved by the Company — but it’s our intention to give those who have worked with us for many years time for a proper break.