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Here’s a Timeline of the Viral ‘Dreams’ TikTok, From Cranberry Juice Gifts to Stevie Nicks’ Recreation

Ever since TikTok user Dogg Face (real name Nathan Apocada) stole our hearts and soothed our souls last month with his viral clip soundtracked by Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” it’s been a whirlwind few weeks.

The Idaho native-turned-social media sensation’s video currently has more than 51 million views and almost nine million likes, and ever since he posted it, he’s gotten luxurious gifts, shout outs from Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks and even has a Halloween costume available.

We’ve compiled a timeline of everything that has happened since the cheerful TikTok was uploaded. See below.

September 25, 2020 – @420doggface208 shares his “morning vibe”

The clip that started it all features the skateboarder cruising down a road, taking a swig of cranberry juice straight from the bottle and lip-syncing along to the 1977 hit. The TikTok quickly spread across the platform, with users finding comfort in the social media star’s breezy nature and the morning’s warm tones.

@420doggface208Morning vibe ##420souljahz ##ec ##feelinggood ##h2o ##cloud9 ##happyhippie ##worldpeace ##king ##peaceup ##merch ##tacos ##waterislife ##high ##morning ##710 ##cloud9♬ Dreams (2004 Remaster) – Fleetwood Mac

September 26, 2020 – Dogg Face gets Fleetwood Mac’s stamp of approval

“We love this!” the rock band tweeted, re-sharing the delightful video on their feed.

September 30, 2020 – “Dreams” gets a spike in streams

Thanks to Apodaca’s video, for the three-day period of Sept. 25 – Sept. 27, “Dreams” racked up 2.9 million on-demand U.S. streams and 3000 in digital download sales — numbers up 88.7% and 374%, respectively, from their totals in the prior three-day periods, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. (The song also climbed as high as No. 24 on Spotify’s US Daily chart on Sept. 27.)

October 4, 2020 – Mick Fleetwood recreates the TikTok

The Fleetwood Mac drummer gave a good-natured nod to Dogg Face, putting his own spin on the viral clip. “@420doggface208 had it right. Dreams and Cranberry just hits different,” he captioned his take, in which he is also seen skateboarding, drinking cranberry juice and  lip-syncing with a grin to the camera.

@mickfleetwood@420doggface208 had it right. Dreams and Cranberry just hits different. ##Dreams ##CranberryDreams ##FleetwoodMac♬ Dreams (2004 Remaster) – Fleetwood Mac

October 5, 2020 – “Dreams” captures its largest streaming week ever

Following the rise of the video’s popularity, the classic 1977 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit garnered 8.47 million on-demand streams in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That sum is up 125% compared to the previous week (3.76 million).

“Dreams” also sold 7,000 downloads in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 1 (up 584%) – its best sales week since the week ending July 24, 2011, when it sold 9,000.

October 6, 2020 – Apocada gets a gift from Ocean Spray

Dogg Face got to trade his board for a new set of wheels, when Ocean Spray gifted their No. 1 customer with his own cranberry red truck that came with Cran-Raspberry juice bottles in every compartment possible.

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Here’s a sneak peak inside Allen’s upcoming recreation center

Allen’s new recreation center is set to feature airy, open spaces and multiple exercise options when it opens in the spring of 2023. The public was given the first glimpse of the new facility’s interior during a city workshop on Oct. 13, when the City of Allen Parks and Recreation division revealed interior renderings for the future Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center.

The new 149,000-square-foot facility will sit on Exchange Parkway, south of Ridgeview Drive. The $54 million project by BRS Architects will feature a modern, sleek interior with some flexible spaces and community rooms.

According to the parks department, amenities will include:

  • An indoor playground
  • A child watch area
  • Two gymnasiums with multiple courts
  • A vaulted indoor walking and jogging track
  • An adventure track
  • Weight and cardio areas
  • Group fitness areas
  • A catering kitchen
  • An outdoor fitness deck
  • An open, spacious lobby

Parks and Recreation Director Kate Meacham also discussed the city’s goals for memberships during the city workshop.

It’s estimated that 20% of households in Allen’s market area have at least one type of membership to a local fitness facility. Whether its a youth, family, adult or senior membership, Meacham added that the division’s conservative goal for the Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center is to pull in at least one type of membership from about 7% of households in Allen’s market area.

She said most Allen facilities currently have an al la carte model, which means members pay for each activity they participate in, in addition to a monthly or annual membership. But to compete with other fitness facilities in the area, the city is looking at other operational methods.

“The al la carte method is a tried and true method,” Meacham said during the workshop. “However, more of the fitness facilities today are going to the more all inclusive. We try to bundle as many things as possible to that membership package, so they get more bang for their buck.”

She said, if they choose an all-inclusive model, they would try to build the biggest bundle they could, which may include access to about 50 group fitness classes per week, child care and discounted facility rentals, as well as some other amenities.

Discussions about the bundle package have also included potential access to Joe Farmer Recreation Center, Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, Allen Senior Recreation Center and Ford Pool — and maybe even the Allen Community Ice Rink, Meacham said.

The goal is to cross-promote and build the biggest collection of services possible for its members, she added.

The street rehabilitation project approved by city council on Oct. 13 will restore six streets, including Austin Drive, Boyd Drive, Anna Drive, Ash Drive, Bonham Drive and Young Drive.

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Here’s why Airbnb calls this San Antonio-area hotel a ‘certified scare-bnb’

A Seguin hotel likened to a “paranormal Disneyland” was recently included on Airbnb’s list of spooky homes and experiences for Halloween.

The Magnolia Hotel, a former stagecoach station northeast of San Antonio, is a “certified scare-bnb,” according to the vacation rental company.

Owners Jim and Erin Ghedi recently restored the 1840 structure. The couple says there are at least 13 ghosts still residing at the inn.

On ExpressNews.com: Historic Seguin hotel, ‘paranormal Disneyland,’ to open for overnight stays

Guests can now book two bedrooms — named after people who allegedly died in them — with access to the untouched second floor. That floor has no electricity or air conditioning, but plenty of cobwebs. While the owners do not guarantee paranormal activity, they do guarantee spooky.

“If you are faint of heart then just don’t enter,” the listing says.

Thrill-seekers looking to stay at the Magnolia Hotel this Halloween are a bit too late. The guest suite, which costs $249 per night, is booked through December.

Recent reviews make clear why the Airbnb has proven so popular. One site user, Kristyann, stayed there in September and wrote that her group was so scared four girls slept in one full-size bed.

Guests should note that the owners do not allow video recording or livestreaming inside the building.

“This is like a paranormal Disneyland,” Erin told the Express-News in 2019.

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Here’s the Opportunity Covid-19 Could Offer Travel and Tourism Brands

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Here’s the Opportunity Covid-19 Could Offer Travel and Tourism Brands

Focus on relationship-building with your customers, rather than getting them to take action


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It’s not a rosy time for the travel and tourism industry.

Hundreds of thousands of people depend on travelers to make their living, from the event planning companies that orchestrate multinational conferences, to the individuals who work behind hotel, car rental, and cruise ship reception desks. Entire communities, like those in the Virgin Islands or Hawaii, depend on tourism as the very foundation of their economies.

With global tourist arrivals expected to be down anywhere from 58 to 90 percent throughout 2020, tourism-based brands are having to rethink the way they market themselves, and the value they can offer, to a public that likely won’t book a trip or a stay until 2021.

Here are a few guidelines.

Use this time to focus on relationship-building with your customers, rather than getting them to take action.

Generally, travel and tourism marketing focuses on encouraging people to take action: to book a trip, or a stay, or a flight, now.

During the pandemic, that call to action will fall flat with a large percentage of potential customers, and even come off as irresponsible or aggressive with others.

That’s why the right thing to do is to shift your focus to strengthening and deepening your relationship with your customers. From enhancing your brand’s storytelling, to creating additional personalization options for when customers are ready to travel, relationship-building takes many forms.

Use the avenues available to you, like social media and video, to communicate the steps you’re currently taking to protect your staff and guests from the virus, as well as to reassure the public that you’ll be there for them–with safety and health precautions in place–when they do decide to come back.

Finally, one effective relationship-building step you can take is to invest in your customer service team. Customers who’d planned upcoming trips before the pandemic struck may be canceling or changing their plans now. It’s in everyone’s best interest to make that process as smooth and accommodating for them as possible, so that once the world does open back up again, those customers will return.

Partner with other local businesses and associations.

Travel and tourism depends on partnerships in the best of times. Now, those partnerships are even more critical to the industry’s survival.

One great example I’ve seen is from the Kapaa Business Association (KBA) in Kauai, Hawaii. Kauai, along with the other Hawaiian islands is struggling, with tourism down 96-98 percent. Estimates are that it won’t be up to pre-pandemic levels for at least four years.

One strategy that the KBA is using to help its member organizations stay afloat is creating a single online marketplace where businesses can list their goods and services for sale. The

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Here’s How To Turn COVID Quarantine Into An Epicurean Retreat At A 5-Star Boutique Hotel

This year has been a washout out for foodies. Not only have restaurants— or at least the sit-down kind— taken a hit, but those who like to experience food in a variety of cultural settings have had their ankles bound and their tongues tied by travel restrictions and border closures.

I am no exception.

So when the government of the Cayman Islands, where I call home, relaxed its outbound travel restrictions, I could no longer be contained. I took the next flight to a nearby island and spent nine days combining work with pleasure.

But there was a catch.

Cayman’s strict COVID-19 regulations require that travellers quarantine at one of three approved hotels for two weeks upon return— at the traveller’s expense.

“If I am going to spend the money, I am going to turn this experience into an epicurean retreat,” I contemplate out loud, marvelling at my ingenuity. I carefully review the amenities offered by each establishment, and for me it is a no-brainer.

I am a regular diner at Palm Heights, a glamorous boutique hotel on Grand Cayman’s pristine Seven Mile Beach. Tillies, one of the two on-site restaurants, boasts the trendiest, most out-of-the-box culinary offering of any hotel on-island and management is willing to provide me with a retreat-esque ‘culinary quarantine experience’ at an added cost.

As someone who makes her living writing and talking about food, I am sold. A week’s vacation has suddenly turned into three.

After a week and a half escape, I begin part two of my vacation.

The blues are bluer, the greens are greener and the whites are whiter at Palm Heights. It is no wonder that founder and creative director, Gabriella Khalil dropped a brilliant primrose into the mix.

I make my way through the ‘COVID-entrance’ of the hotel and ascend to the top floor behind a masked and gloved guide who exudes a vibe that is half camp counsellor, half concierge. I’m sure she feels that she must somehow embrace both personas, given the circumstances.

I put down my bags.

Knock-knock. A masked server stands her guard from six feet away as she drops off a smorgasbord of lunchtime pleasures. From almond cheese to aromatic radishes and cucumbers in a light pecan sauce, colourful plant-based treasures adorn three recycled paper boxes. Resident chef and educator, Dr Aris LaTham, otherwise known as the father of gourmet ethical raw foods cuisine, is the culinarian behind this buffet.

I make my way out to my private patio, and watch “freedom lovers” on the beach, while sipping Slovenian organic wine from paper-thin glass.

This isn’t so bad.

Gerardo Gonzalez, the Food and Culture Manager, who runs a once-a-week natural wine-lovers club at Palm Heights’ Paradise Pizza, is eager for my feedback.

The phone rings. “What do you think of the wine?” 

“Not bad at all,” I smile as

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If N.J.’s rising COVID-19 cases land us on our own travel quarantine list, here’s what that could mean

With a surge in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, New Jersey has been flirting with qualifying for its own coronavirus travel advisory — a joint venture launched in June with Connecticut and New York that calls on travelers from hot-spot states to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the region.

a group of people standing in a subway station: Newark Liberty International Airport amid the coronavirus pandemic in June.

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Newark Liberty International Airport amid the coronavirus pandemic in June.

The next weekly list of states and territories comes out on Tuesday, and if New Jersey stays on its current pace of new cases over the next few days, it’s going to be awful close. The list grew last week to 38 state and territories last week, the highest total so far.

So what does it mean if New Jersey meets the criteria to be added the next list?

Well, it’s not exactly clear. Officials have been cagey about the implications. In the strictest sense, it would mean travelers arriving in New York or Connecticut from New Jersey would be asked to isolate for two weeks.

But don’t panic, yet. A lot has to happen. And there are exceptions — especially for New Jersey residents who commute to those states for work.

Here’s what you need to know.

First, New Jersey would need to meet the criteria

Any U.S. state or territory with more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents or those with a 10% or higher test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average makes the list. New York health officials run the calculations and release the new list every Tuesday. Currently, 38 states and territories are on the list.

New York calculates the data on all 50 states’ COVID-19 websites and checks them against the COVID Tracking Project website, said Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman with the New York Department of Health.

Based on population, New Jersey would need a seven-day rolling average of 888 new cases per day to meet the 10 cases per 100,000 residents threshold. The state appeared to briefly meet that criteria on Wednesday with an average of 894 cases based on the state’s daily reports, which are considered provisional. Based on slightly lower numbers from the COVID Tracking Project, New Jersey came just short on Wednesday with an average of 882.

The state’s seven-day rolling average has since gone down Thursday and Friday, but the last week had three consecutive days of more than 900 cases. If cases stay above 900 over the weekend, it’ll be a close call.

There are lots of exemptions

Even if New Jersey does qualify, people are exempt from the quarantine if they’re traveling for work or business.

That has been the case with Delaware, a neighboring state that has often been on the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut list. Countless people live in New Jersey and work in Delaware, and vice-versa. But those workers are not subject to the advisory.

Essential workers are exempted in both New York and Connecticut. So if

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Jersey Shore Family Vacation premiere date announced — Here’s what to expect, when to tune in and how they are staying safe

MTV has announced Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premiere date.
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MTV has announced the premiere date for Season 4 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The network is also unveiling what fans can expect from the new format that ensures all cast and crew are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Like so many other reality television shows, Jersey Shore Family Vacation was tasked with finding a safe way to return to filming. Big Brother and Love Island created a bubble where everyone involved with the show was placed for the duration of filming.

MTV has a similar plan for the hit reality TV show, which means fans won’t have to wait too much longer for the new season.

How is MTV keeping cast and crew safe?

The network has revealed the production is taking over a resort to create a “Shore Bubble” for the cast and crew.

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TMZ has reported everyone involved with the reality TV show is currently in Nevada in quarantine and is tested regularly for COVID-19.

Production is following all the correct local, state, and federal COVID-19 regulations for health and safety to ensure the show can film without issue.

The Season 4 cast includes Deena Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Unlike other seasons, extended family members of the cast will stay with them in the shore bubble.

It will be the first season without original cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who decided to leave the show after the dramatic Season 3 finale. Snooki wanted to focus more on her family instead of Jersey Shore Family Vacation antics.

When does Season 4 premiere and what can fans expect from the show?

Mark your calendars! Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c on MTV. The network will air two specials on Thursday, November 5 and Thursday, November 12 at 8/7c to get fans pumped for the new season.

The last time viewers saw the Jersey Shore crew was at Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding. Fans will recall it ended with Snooki, JWoww, and Deena roasting Angelina in a wedding toast that left the bride in tears.

Season 4 picks up with Vinny, Pauly, Mike, and Ronnie, working to mend the fractured family by bringing the group together again. The guys hope creating a safe bubble space will help reunite the girls and fix their broken Jersey Shore family.

Besides the current health climate, the guys felt having extended family members at the resort might make the reunion a little smoother. It is Jersey Shore, so that might be wishful thinking on Pauly, Mike, Ronnie, and Mike’s part.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c on MTV.

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Vacation hoarding could become a problem at your organization: Here’s how to avoid it

Employees are avoiding taking vacation during the pandemic. As leaders we need to address the behaviors behind this phenomenon to avoid burnout and an end-of-year rush.

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Just when you thought you’d seen enough hoarding and panic buying for one lifetime, having witnessed store shelves devoid of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, face masks, lumber, and even coins, another hoarding epidemic is sweeping many organizations: vacation hoarding. While there are few reliable statistics on how workers use their vacation time, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 73% of US workers have access to paid vacation time, and anecdotally, according to a recent article, many of them are refusing to use that vacation time.

SEE: COVID-19 workplace policy (TechRepublic Premium)

I’ve certainly been guilty of this phenomenon; despite a rather generous amount of paid vacation time, I’ve used very little of what I’ve been allocated. Like many workers, a significant portion of my vacation time each year is “use it or lose it,” in that any unused time disappears without any monetary equivalent. Like many workers, the uncertainty of the current environment had me banking days for reasons that ranged from hopes that the economy would reopen and cancelled vacations could be taken, to concerns about my family or me getting sick and requiring vacation time for recovery.

Isn’t unused vacation a good thing?

It’s easy to take a cynical view that employees not using their vacation, especially under a “use it or lose it” regime, is a good thing for the overall company. Vacation time is essentially a cash equivalent, where the company continues to pay workers despite the fact that they’re not working, and unused vacation is akin to employees willingly returning a percentage of their paycheck each month. However, there are two potential problems with employees hoarding their vacation hours.

First, a significant motivation for providing employees with paid vacation time is preventing burnout at work. Time away from the office can do wonders to reinvigorate employees during “normal” times, and these days the ability to recharge is even more important. This is doubly concerning since should conditions improve, there could be an explosion of economic activity in early 2021. If your company is full of employees operating in a zombie-like state due to mental and physical exhaustion just as the phones start ringing and you need their focus most, you run the risk of adding missed opportunity to the damage already wrought by COVID-19.

SEE: How companies are getting employees to take vacation this summer rather than hoard PTO (TechRepublic)

Secondly, at most organizations that reset the “vacation clock” on a calendar-year basis, you run the risk of a vacation rush at the end of the year. Employees who have been delaying plans may suddenly book that time away from the office, leaving you with a year end brain drain and skeleton staff. If the remaining staff are already suffering from burnout, asking them to pick up the work of their vacationing colleagues

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Same-day travel is the new norm in MLS. Here’s how the Chicago Fire complete a 14- or 15-hour excursion for road games.

If the prospect of a 14- or 15-hour business trip sounds like a haul, welcome to Major League Soccer in the COVID-19 era.

Since announcing its return to home markets in August, MLS has required its teams to complete same-day travel for road games, something the Chicago Fire (5-8-4, 19 points) will do again Wednesday night when they travel to St. Paul to play Minnesota United (6-5-5, 23 points).

That means the Fire will leave Wednesday morning, fly to Minnesota, play and then return to Chicago that night to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

It probably goes without saying that health and safety protocols have added a wrinkle that Alex Boler, the Fire’s senior manager of team and soccer operations, has to navigate.

“I can’t even compare anything to this year,” he said last week before the Fire played at Sporting Kansas City. “Just like everyone has dealt with this year, it’s been a crazy weird year just down to how the world turned on its head. Everyone, and I’m not talking about sports, but everyone in life has dealt with it.

“We had to be flexible and that was a whole task that me and my department, the coaches and the players had to get used to. Everybody had to build from scratch.”

Even before the pandemic, the logistics of moving a professional soccer team around the country could be a handful. The travel party consists of 35 people, 20 of whom are players, but coronavirus protocols have compressed the amount of time needed to get teams in and out of cities.

One change MLS made is the use of chartered flights. In previous seasons, most teams flew commercial and went through much of the same procedure as any other traveler.

“It’s a game changer,” Boler said of charter flights. “You don’t have to go deal with baggage claim, you don’t have to check players in one by one with boarding passes and all that stuff. That helps out logistically from my end but it definitely helps the players, too. It’s not cost-friendly, but it’s definitely a positive.”

The simplified version of a typical road trip for the Fire goes something like this: Departure between 8:45 and 10 a.m., lunch around 12:30 p.m. and then a few hours of rest in hotel rooms before a second meal 3 1/4 u00bd hours before kickoff. After a team meeting in the hotel about two hours before the start of the game, the Fire arrive at the opponent’s stadium with 1 hour, 30 minutes to spare. The Fire head to the airport after the match, typically landing in Chicago after midnight with players arriving at their homes around 1 a.m.

But because of COVID-19 protocols, things are a little more complicated than that.

Take accommodations, for instance. MLS teams stay in designated hotels that meet various standards, including spaces for meals, meetings and pregame treatment. Health protocols mean the Fire typically eat in a ballroom with only four players per

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We Offered Unlimited Vacation For One Year. Here’s What We Learned.

Still, unlimited vacation has its advocates, particularly as an antidote to reports of work-life balance becoming ever more elusive. Other employers worry that adopting an unlimited vacation policy opens the door for workers to abuse it, harming the company’s productivity.

So which is it? Having recently tried a year with unlimited vacation, we’ve found that it’s neither.

A Year With Unlimited PTO

Last summer, our company, Mammoth, decided to give unlimited vacation a shot. We’re a small business, and we liked the idea of a policy that conveyed trust in our employees, supported their lives and families, and reduced red tape. We agreed to try it for one year and then reevaluate.

The policy became one of our employees’ most valued benefits . . . just behind health insurance and a 401(k).

Over the course of the year, the policy became one of our employees’ most valued benefits. In a survey we conducted just before we hit the one-year mark, our employees ranked unlimited vacation third-highest among the benefits we offer, just behind health insurance and a 401(k). It beat out vision insurance, dental insurance, and even professional development, all of which ranked highly in their own rights.

It probably isn’t a shock that people like unlimited time off, but here’s where it gets interesting: Over the course of the year, employees took roughly the same number of vacation days under our unlimited policy as they did the year before, when we accrued paid time off (PTO) in a more traditional system.

For most of our team, both accrued PTO and unlimited PTO each averaged about three weeks per year, plus 10 paid holidays, making for a total of five paid weeks off. (For the number crunchers, both the average number of days off taken under the unlimited policy was 14 days per employee, with most of our employees taking between 12 and 19 days off.)

So that raises the question: If unlimited vacation didn’t significantly move the needle, why would our team value it so highly? The answer may be that unlimited vacation is at least as valuable for what it says as for what it does.

Three Hidden Messages Of Unlimited Vacation

First, offering unlimited vacation communicates that a company views its staff holistically–acknowledging that employees have demands and interests beyond work that can’t always be scheduled in advance. As long as employees can manage their work, they have the flexibility to regulate their personal lives without having to worry whether those demands match precisely with the one-size-fits-all policy their employer has put in place.

Second, unlimited vacation policies convey trust, making employees–not their managers or HR directors–responsible for making sure their tasks and projects still get done regardless of the time they take away from the office.

Third, unlimited vacation treats employees as individuals. Time off is a personal issue. Ask five people how much time off they need, and you’ll get five different answers. Ask the same person one year later, and you’ll still get

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