After 5 years of service, Influence Health employees are offered the opportunity for a sabbatical. The primary purpose of the Sabbatical Program is to allow employees time to recharge, rejuvenate, and return to work re-energized. Sabbaticals are planned, strategic job-pauses during which an employee should take time to engage in activities they may not otherwise have the time to do such as travel, volunteer, do research, learn a new skill, or fulfill a lifelong dream before returning to work.

Dan Dillenbeck, Senior Director, Consumer Experience, shares about his sabbatical.

1. What do you do at Influence Health and what is your title?
I help our clients make the most of the CXP platform, from managing CRM database implementations to tool training and strategic guidance related to multichannel marketing campaigns. My title is Senior Director, Consumer Experience.

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2. Where did you go and why did you choose to go there?
My wife and I kicked if off by going to a lantern festival near home (Madison). Aside from that, I mostly stayed home and spent as much time as I could with my 8-month old daughter, relaxing and making a lot of visits to have lunch with her mom during the workday. We did spend a long weekend in Door County, WI, just to get away for a bit and avoid air travel with a baby who wasn’t overly eager to travel at the time.

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3. How long did it take to plan the trip?
We didn’t spend much time planning in advance, aside from deciding where to stay. Once we arrived we spent nap times researching restaurants, national parks, and other fun things to do in the area.

4. What did your manager say when you asked for the time off?
Great idea!

5. Share a favorite memory or two from your trip.
My favorite memory is the time I we spent in Door County. It was probably the calmest and most relaxing time in recent memory, spending time with my family without the usual everyday stresses.

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6. How did you feel on your first day back in the office?
It was hard coming back at first, but I felt rejuvenated and ready to get back into a routine. I also felt calmer and more ready to take on the various challenges of my job.

7. What would you tell someone worried about being gone/letting go of their projects for that long?
Just jump. It’s so worth it and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Life goes on and we have great support here to help carry the torch. There will be plenty of work left when you return!

8. Would you do it again? If so, what would you do differently?
Absolutely. I would probably take a vacation with just my wife, preferably somewhere warm during a Wisconsin winter or to Spain where we’ve both always wanted to visit.

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9. When did you take your trip?
September 2017

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