I recently started a new job, but about 5 months ago, I left my old job with 123 vacation hours and 68 sick hours accrued. Fortunately, I was able to cash out my vacation time, but those sick hours all went down the drain. When leaving my old job, I couldn’t help but think about those times I went to work sick because of the workload or when I would convince myself out of scheduling time off because we were short-staffed. I would even talk myself out of using my vacation time because it felt impractical to take 2 vacations in one year. I’m sure many people can relate to not taking enough time off from work to rejuvenate and take care of themselves all the while leaving many vacation or sick hours on the table year after year.
At my current job, employees cannot hold onto accrued vacation after an extended period time, so if we don’t use our accrued PTO within a year, then we lose it. I have to say, this guideline is a good motivator for work-a-holics who feel like their “work world” will crumble if they are not there. You are forced to unplug at some point in the year to minimize your chances of burning out.
What better way to spend your time away from work, then to travel to that fantasy safari in South Africa or taking the kids on an amazing vacation to Disney World like you’ve always promised. Use those vacation hours-don’t be old LaVerda lol Don’t be so busy paying for life that you forget to live life. What would you do with a paid month off from work this summer? Let us know in the comments :)