March 13, 2006

One of the great percs of being an academic, is having a sabbatical. In the University of California system, a Senate member is eligible for a sabbatical after teaching 9 terms at full salary.

So, beginning the Ides of March, I will be on sabbatical from teaching at UCLA for six months. I can’t wait. I am so horny to write music, and work on my various projects, I am almost cross-eyed.

If I ruled the world, I would make ALL businesses incorporate the concept of sabbaticals in their corporate structure: paid leave for at least one month a year, and more periodically. It prevents burnout, and invigorates the employee.

I will likely tell you what I am working on, and ask your opinion when I need it.

Thank you for reading my blog — vocal and silent participants alike.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Brad Wood March 15, 2006 at 3:22 pm

The problem is I would just end up doing more of the same kind of work that I do while not on sabbatical. Well, maybe with a little less sense of pressure…

pbourland March 15, 2006 at 6:53 pm

I, too, think that sabbaticals should be instituted throughout the biz world. However, then reality sets in and I wonder ‘how in the world could I get all the bases covered in my small business while I’m off sabbaticaling?’ The concept of sabbaticals is healthy, but unfortunatly impractical in small business.

slvrlark April 6, 2006 at 12:14 pm

I would definitely do the same kind of work that I already do, only without the constant grind of having to grade papers and travel back and forth between schools and home. Sad to say, most businesses (and most schools) don’t mind burning out their employees.

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