Should an employee bank their time off, or spend it right when they have it available?
I have employees who take time off the moment it becomes available to them (either vacation time, PTO, or sick leave). I would prefer they bank it for future opportunities. They may need it, it looks good if they want to promote, etc. What are your thoughts?
Chances are, the employees who are taking the time off as soon as they get it probably need it pretty immediately for one reason or another - whether it's job stress they really need to sort out, medical issues they can finally deal with, or something else.
Some take time off immediately to be able to enjoy their families. My husband misses us. So he uses 1 vacation day right after he gets his vacation weeks. He always plans to take it the Friday following getting it so he can have a 3 day weekend with us.
The rest of it though is scheduled out. We usually know when he will use most of it. Certain days of the year that are important for him to be off. Of course sick days are reserved for actually being sick because we want to know he will be paid should he end up with a stomach bug or other short term illness.
Using all of the time at one time seems irresponsible unless of course they have an immediate need, car broke down, need to make major home repair, sick relative, new child, etc. Just seems the type of person who would take all the time at once just to get away from work isn't responsible enough to plan for "what ifs".
It depends on the person's overall environment. Employers always love the employees who are willing to work more and take less off time. Normally persons who work in tight schedule companies always go through tough office work. That's why they grab every possible opportunity of taking time off. This make them a bit more relaxed and they return to the work with a refreshed mind. Thus the employer will get the best of them.
On the other hand employees who work in a relaxed and friendly environment and like to earn some extra cash hardly take any kind of time off. They always look to earn more and even try to work when everybody else is taking time off. Naturally the employers love these kinds of employers.
Time off is essential for both kinds of employees. But it should be kept in mind that the time off doesn’t affect the job performance and left the employee in a position where the boss is dissatisfied. If any skill development is required then instead of taking time off the employee can work more during that period to develop skills. This will help to earn a good position in the job.
So lastly all we can say is that time off is dependent on the employee’s overall environment and if it is a bit favourable the employers can get the best of them.
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