Doona Days: The one rare perk Australians want in a job according to Seek


Employment expert reveals the one VERY rare perk that 57% of Aussies desire in a job – so do you agree?

  • Employment expert revealed 57% more people apply to jobs with ‘Doona Days’
  • ‘Doona Days’ are additional vacation days that do not require advance notice
  • Only 18% of Australian employers currently offer the perk or a similar allowance
  • A psychologist said they facilitate trust between employees and managers

A top employment expert has revealed that 57 per cent of Australians are more likely to apply for a job if they see that ‘Doona Days’ are offered to staff.

Doona Days are additional ‘no questions asked’ vacation days employees can take off without notice. They are typically separate from the annual allowance and and can be taken when a person needs a day off but is not sick or hasn’t applied for formal leave.

‘Many Aussies are beginning to slow down and take stock of what’s important, which includes prioritising their wellbeing,’ said a spokesperson from Australian human resource company, SEEK.

A top employment expert has revealed that 57% of Australians are more likely to apply for a job if they saw 'Doona Days' are offered to staff

A top employment expert has revealed that 57% of Australians are more likely to apply for a job if they saw ‘Doona Days’ are offered to staff

SEEK found that while 57 per cent of candidates would be more inclined to apply for a role if they saw Doona Days offered to staff, only 18 per cent of respondents are currently offered Doona Day.

The company then deep dove into research about what Doona Days are and why Australians are so preoccupied with them.

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‘A Doona Day is a day to focus on your wellbeing,’ said psychologist Sabina Read.  

She added, ‘Typically it’s a separate offering from your annual leave or sick leave. Employees do not need to give notice in advance, nor do they need to give a specific reason to their employer.’  

Sabina said the main reason Doona Days had become so popular was because they empower workers to develop a sense of autonomy which can in turn help cultivate trust between an individual and their manager.

‘Perks like this send the message to employees that they are valued and that their employer has confidence in their decision making, which is a win-win for all,’ said Sabina.

Based on research, only 56 per cent of employees take the Doona Days (or equivalent) offered to them, and 67 per cent of those people are men.

A Psychologist said Doona Days have become popular because they empower workers to develop autonomy which can help cultivate trust between an individual and their manager

A Psychologist said Doona Days have become popular because they empower workers to develop autonomy which can help cultivate trust between an individual and their manager

Employees who were surveyed revealed that they use Doona Days to catch up on sleep, go for a walk in nature, see friends or family and watch television or movies. 

Additionally, 32 per cent of people use their time off to speak to a mental health professional as they found that there is not enough time during their week otherwise. 

And while the concept can force individuals to be weary of being overworked and take charge of their mental health, many believe it is not a long-term solution.

‘There is still a lot of stigma around mental health,’ said Madelyn Geldenhuys, Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in an interview with the Guardian.

‘If someone asks for a Doona Day or expresses their mental health struggles, they may have their ability to function cognitively or emotionally thrown into question.’

Yet, the seemingly revolutionary concept is but a temporary solution for a culture that promotes being overworked. 

Geldenhuys added that no-questions-asked days off should be used in conjunction with other proactive strategies that promote a stable work-life balance and cater to employees’ mental health needs.

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