In the pursuit of a good work/life balance, employees are increasingly opting for sabbaticals. They are taking unpaid leave — for weeks or even months — to recharge batteries, pursue a project or even change careers. And despite knowing that some staff will not return, a growing number of companies now offer opportunities to take a break. If you feel it is time to take a break, how do you decide what type of break you need; how do you prepare; and how do you get the best out of your time off? Emma Rosen, 26, is author of the Radical Sabbatical: The Millennial Handbook to the Quarter-life Crisis. She left a job she hated and used a sabbatical to try out 25 potential new career options. Before leaving her job she still thought carefully about how she was going to spend her time and what she aimed to get out of it. “For me, going to a yoga retreat wasn’t going to solve the problem,” she says. If you are considering time out because you are unhappy then it is important not to make any s...

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