Research has shown that time away from the job has been shown to spark creativity. That’s why any staff member who has been at The Marketing Arm for 7 years is rewarded with seven days paid vacation and a $2,500 allowance. And any staff member who has been with TMA for 15 years gets 15 days paid vacation and a $5,000 allowance. The idea is that a week or two away from work and some cash will help them do something that they've always wanted to do.
From Adrienne Barber, Account Director at TMA:
"The quote 'I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met' might as well be written by me. I became travel-obsessed with my first passport stamp at age 17 and have been collecting them like crazy ever since. Recently, I’ve discovered a new interest in photography and wanted to combine both of these passions into the perfect TMA Life Support Sabbatical.
I visited Prague, Munich, Venice, Florence and Rome – all cities I had never visited before in Europe. In three of those locations, I took one-on-one photography tours with a local photographer and they shared with me technical knowledge, information on the best lighting and of course, unique places to shoot a normal tourist wouldn’t find.
Traveling to one new city provides so much experience and inspiration, but combining a list of several new cities and a way to increase my photography skills on the road – truly made this a unique experience."
View more photos of Adrienne's trip here.