Work calls during a relaxing vacation can be very annoying. Mumbai-based fantasy sports start-up Dream11 has found a solution for this growing work-culture problem. According to Dream11’s co-founder Bhavit Sheth, if a worker from the company contacts a colleague on their time off he will have to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh (about $1,200), reported Bloomberg.
The report quoted Bhavit Sheth’s interview with CNBC. He said, “Once a year, for one week, you’re kicked out of the system. You don’t have Slack, emails, and calls. Because it helps you greatly to have that one week of uninterrupted time and it helps the business to know whether we’re dependent on anyone.”
Founded in 2008, Dream11 mandates its employees to take at least a week off annually. According to Sheth, the system has proved effective.
In a statement the company has said, “Dream11 believes that this uninterrupted time allows Dreamsters (employees of Dream11) to relax, recharge and come back to work ready to give their best.”
In order to attract more talent, many businesses have been trying to provide such deals to their workers. According to the report Goldman Sachs Group allows its staff to take unlimited vacations.
“Allowing employees to cut off from all company systems and groups is one of the best perks one can get. We are not bothered with work calls, emails, messages, or even WhatsApp for seven days. This helps us spend some quality time doing what we love. And for me, it’s time to head to the mountains. I, for one, do not feel guilty about not having a sufficient network. It’s the most distinctive form of unplugging. This disconnected time also helps one rejuvenate, relax and come back feeling fresh, happy, and renewed energy to give one’s best performance,” a Dream11 employee told CNBC.