Vacation policies have changed quite a bit over the years. Employers have experimented with unlimited vacation, interchangeable paid-time-off (PTO) and sick days, and the traditional method of accrued PTO days with a set number of sick days. However, the Society for Human Resource Management still reports that about a third of employees don’t take earned vacation time due to fears of getting behind on work, feeling like they do not have adequate coverage for their time away, and wanting to show dedication to their employer. Each vacation policy has its advantages and disadvantages but the best indicator of how your employees feel about your policy is, well, how they feel about it. Even so, it can be challenging to get a pulse on your employees’ true thoughts on vacation and time off policies due to the fear that vacation is comparable to slacking off or not working hard enough. Indeed discovered that 57% of Americans didn’t take time off due to “work culture” and 59% of individuals ended up working during their time off.
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