I've worked in various countries and cultures and one thing that can be very different is the standing towards holidays in the workplace.
In Germany (and most of Europe I'd say), holidays are treated pretty much as sacred.
Most people get between 25 - 35 days off per year. And nobody blinks an eye if you ask for 2, 3, even 4 weeks off - at once.
July and August are usually very quiet in every office because so many people are away for summer holidays. Some companies even "shut down" completely.
I love this!
But it can be very different in other parts of the world.
My husband is feeling guilty for taking 2 weeks off because of the comments his boss and colleagues are making... Even though he has earned the leave. That's just sad.
Don't companies realize that giving your employees regular time off actually makes them MORE productive?
When you take your mind away from work for a while you can actually recharge, get creative, come back with fresh ideas and energy.
Sick days will go down when people get the chance to destress.
Everybody needs a break now and then.
And not just a long weekend. Actual weeks(!) off.