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10/20/2014 04:11 pm ET Updated Oct 20, 2014

Introducing The 'Pre-cation,' Paid Time Off Before Your First Day At A New Job

About 40 percent of American workers plan to let their paid vacation days go to waste this year, thanks to fears about what will happen if they get away from the office for too long. You've got to be creative to make Americans take time off, and software company Atlassian (headquartered in Australia with an office in San Francisco) has done just that.

Atlassian's chief people officer Jeffrey Diana joined HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd on Monday to discuss his company's "pre-cation" policy, which offers new hires paid time off before they work a single day. The idea, Diana explained, is that workers will hit the ground running more quickly and effectively if they have time to recharge before starting a new job. And if new employees prefer not to take the vacation before arriving for their first day, they have a whole year to take advantage of the innovative benefits.

Watch Diana explain the company's "pre-cation" policy in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about this trendy work perk.

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