Our vacation policy simply stated is this: Take as much as you need!
At Intempt, we don't keep tabs on our staff. We find it boring and exhausting.
It is just SO childish the way we tend to police and manage staff at companies.
We're small enough (we love this!) that we tend to get a feel for every employee and their well being.
Of course we follow regional labor laws, so our full policy has a lot more legalese in it, but that's not the point, the point is to capture the spirit of the matter.
In general, I don't care when you work or even how much you work. What I care about is that you do your best work, at a good pace, sustainably. We care about results, not hours-spent working. Some people call this ROWE.
Sustainability is why we created the policy, to make sure everyone DOES take time to relax every few months, to disconnect and recharge.
Since we don't have deadlines, I encourage people to set their own schedule, spending time with family, pursuing hobbies, or just plain relaxing when it's most convenient to them.
Bottom line: It's never a good time to take vacation, so take it when it's most convenient for you. And take what you need to recharge and feel pumped about coming back to work!
It would be great if you made sure support was covered while you're out, but worse comes to worse, that's something that I (as the CEO) can cover, I'm rarely totally on vacation.
We do notice that some employees don't taking enough vacation and are just powering through. In that case, we will kick you out at some point to rest!