Outski launches 401(play)™ Plan to Employers as Part of an Employee Benefit / Health and Wellness Program

Americans are taking less and less of their vacation time, even though vacations have been proven to improve their health and reduce stress. Outski has developed a solution to this problem called 401(play)™. It is a new addition to an employer’s benefit package or health and wellness program that encourages employees to improve their work-life balance by making it easy for them to plan and save for future vacations.

Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

Tucson-based company Outski has created a new addition to an employer’s benefits package, or health and wellness program, called 401(play)™. A 401(play)™ plan promotes a healthy work-life balance while providing an effective way for employees to use their earned vacation time. In order to take advantage of the program, employees specify the amount of each paycheck to be put into their Vacation Savings Account.

An employer benefits from offering a 401(play)™ plan to in several ways; for example, employees who use most or all vacation time experience an improvement to their health, including reduced stress, which ultimately leads to taking fewer sick days. It has also been proven that employees that take more vacations experience reduced burn-out, are more efficient, have stronger workplace morale, and are more productive.

401(play)™ is appropriate for businesses of all sizes, and allows employees to have funds transferred directly from their paycheck into their own FDIC-insured Vacation Savings Account, or VSA.

401(play)™ is an inexpensive way for employers to offer additional benefits to their employees. Employers who wish to provide this plan to their staff will only need to pay an annual fee of $9.95 per employee. This fee covers the cost of plan administration as well as each employee’s Travel Savings Card (Visa® or Discover®).

For an employer, the employee enrollment process takes only a few minutes to complete. Outski provides a template containing an enrollment link that employers send to their employees, and the employer simply processes the employees’ direct deposit forms as they are returned. From there, employees can execute their entire travel planning process, right on the Outski website.

Founder and CEO Greg Nickolson believes that Outski’s 401(play)™ plan is revolutionary. “It is a significant yet easily implemented or added tool to any corporate health and wellness program or employee benefit package.” It provides a measurable way for an employer to make a positive impact on the health of their employees; making mental health just as important to an effective health and wellness plan as healthy eating and exercise. He adds, “Our mission is simple yet powerful; to improve people’s lives through travel.”

A 401(play)™ plan ties into Outski’s online, interactive platform that addresses the growing problem of Americans leaving vacation days unused, and not having enough money saved when they do want to travel. Not only can travelers use Outski to budget and save, they can also plan and book their trip, and interact with other trip attendees. Being able to do everything on one platform is meant to make the travel experience simpler, and more enjoyable, for travelers.

More information about 401(play)™ and how to add this plan to an existing benefits package or health and wellness program may be found at: http://www.outski.com/401play.


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Vacation, Health and Wellness Fact Sheet Vacation, Health and Wellness Fact Sheet

Despite the health and wellness benefits, most people say they don't use their paid vacation days because they don't have the time or money. Numerous studies and articles find compelling reasons for Americans to use their paid time off to take vacations.