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Need a vacation? At more companies, you can take all you want

Burlington software maker Veracode is one of a number of firms that let employees set their own vacations.
Designer Ciara Taylor (left) and art director Stephanie Wykoff at Mad*Pow design agency in Portsmouth, N.H.Globe file photo

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Most people dream of being able to take as much vacation as they want. But at a growing number of companies, especially young technology firms, employees are getting unlimited time off.

And incredibly, they’re not taking advantage of it.

Many of these workers are taking the same — or even less — vacation time than when they had a fixed number of days each year. Workers have so embraced the 24/7 work culture that one California software firm pays its employees extra if they agree to take an uninterrupted week off.

Only a small percentage of companies nationwide have stopped monitoring time off, but the numbers are much larger among the small technology firms and start-ups that dominate the Massachusetts economy.

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