The solution? Instead of asking, "How soon can you start?" some companies are now offering an unexpected stipulation for the haggard hire before their first official day on the job: a paid vacation. Pre-cations may be a win-win for both the employee and employer: the employee gets to decompress from their old situation -- and gets paid to do so. The employer gets an energized, refreshed new hire ready to hit the ground running when they return.
Slate magazine has reported that 42Floors, a search engine for commercial real estate, is now offering a pre-cation to each new hire. When employees get their offer letter, they often feel as though they've won a contest; they get to travel and/or relax for two weeks, all on their new employer's dime.