If you don’t know what they are then the following article Feeling rough? Take a duvet day will give you a bit more of an explanation but if that is too long to read then I shall try and summarise them here:
“A duvet day is an additional benefit offered to employees as part of their holiday allowance which allows them to request time off at short notice without having to come up with a poor excuse as to why they were “ill”.
Upon their return to work, after a discussion with a supervisor or line manager the employee will be able to decide whether to take that day as a holiday or to take it as unpaid leave”
By offering duvet days to their employees companies can be seen to be more flexible and understanding. In a world where businesses are trying to find and attract the best talent, offering this kind of benefit could help as a differentiator amongst the competition.
One possible downside of offering this kind of benefit is the potential overhead in administrating it – not only do you need to deal with holiday requests but also duvet day requests. The obvious resolution to this however is to make sure that you choose the right online leave management system that can handle a simple conversion from a duvet day to a deduction in holiday allowance.
Do you currently implement a duvet day policy? If not, is it something that you may consider in the future? What other benefits in kind do you offer your employees to help you stand out in a crowded marketplace?
We’d love to hear your thoughts.