In 2010, Funeral Directors Life President and CEO Kris Seale had a radical idea. Offer every employee the opportunity to take a 30-day sabbatical for rest, renewal, and reflection.
"I felt that, as a gift to God for His faithfulness to us, for the success He has granted us (as individuals and as a company), and for His protection over us (specifically His protection from the financial crisis of 2008), we, as a corporate body, should honor Him by giving each FDLIC employee the opportunity to have a sabbatical," said Kris.
Seven years later, Kris announced that 2017 would be the company's second Sabbath year.
A 30-day sabbatical was again offered to every full-time employee of record as of June 30, 2016 for the 2017 calendar year.
The sabbatical program focuses on the following major areas for rest and renewal:
- A time of rest – 9 hours of each day will have to be allotted for rest – 7 to 8 hours of nightly sleep with 1 to 2 hours of napping or reflective meditation
- An opportunity for redemption – Time must be allotted each day for a devotional or Bible study – recommendations are provided or individual suggestions will be considered for approval
- Time for reflection – Reflection time can be structured or used in conjunction with the 1 to 2 hours of dedicated day-rest
- Time for reward and repair – Time must be allotted each day for exercise, prayer, and reading – recommendations for reading will be provided or individual suggestions will be considered for approval. The focus on the social/emotional dimension is addressed in item 6 below
- Time for relationships – Each day, time must be intentionally devoted to friends and family, and specifically to those where relationships have been strained or damaged
- Time to refocus – As God’s servants and as a means of addressing our social/emotional dimension, a portion of the 30 days must be set aside for a mission trip or a service project – recommendations will be provided or individual suggestions will be considered for approval
To check in on our sabbatical blog with participants sharing their stories, click here.