SURVEY SAYS: Leaving Time Off on the Table

Our team has been scrambling to put in the last of our PTO days for this year.

By PS | December 05, 2016
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Will you be giving up some PTO or vacation days this year, and does your company allow you to carry any time into the next year?”

The good news for responding readers is 81.5% said they will not be giving up any PTO or vacation time this year. However, 7.9% are giving up five days or more, 3.9% each are giving up two days or three days, and 1.3% each said they are giving up one day or four days.

More than one-third (34.7%) of responding readers’ companies allow employees to carry over more than ten days of PTO or vacation, The same percentage allow carryover of one to five days, 10.7% allow carryover of six to ten days and 20% do not allow any vacation of PTO days to be rolled over.

Many of responding readers who left comments gave some very good arguments for using all your time and not leaving any on the table. However, several noted that even if they take a vacation or PTO day, they end up working some that day or on the weekend to keep up with the work they have. I like the suggestion, given by a few readers that the company pay an employee for unused days instead of them being forfeited. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “We need happier survey topics this close to the holidays, it's not fun being reminded that I haven't used all my vacation days!” Stay tuned. Next week will be happier.

Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey!