For an organization, they become powerful tools for recharging your people and then for retaining them. For an individual, they can be incredibly life-giving.
Michael Hyatt has a great post on the five benefits he received from the sabbatical he just finished. His observation was that a sabbatical gives you the opportunity to:
- Recharge physically and emotionally. This is more important than you think. We were made to surge, then rest. We can’t just go, go, go, and expect to function optimally.
- Slow down and enjoy being. God made us human beings, not human doings.
- Reconnect with God. Everything in contemporary culture conspires against the pursuit of the only One who gives meaning to everything else.
- Gain clarity on my priorities and goals.
- To secure alignment with your spouse. As the prophet Amos asks, “How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” (see Amos 3:3).