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Bosses bribe workers to take vacation in healing job market

A self-diagnosed workaholic, Jeanette Russell knows that a real vacation requires her to completely unplug by deleting mobile email applications and letting her work laptop battery die in a corner. It's also company policy. "When we say 'work-life balance,' this is our proof that we mean it," said Russell, director of finance and operations at Denver-based FullContact, a software company that helps businesses organize and sync contact information across devices. Vacation is serious business at the four-year-old firm. Each employee is granted a yearly $7,500 bonus to use for time off, with a mandate to stay completely out of touch while away. The extra pay is...