Paid vacations are available to fewer people according to figures released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. They report that in 2012 only 77% of private-sector workers receive paid vacations. This is a 5% reduction in the number of employees with access to the vacations from a decade earlier.
At the same time employees are being offered paid time off (PTO) instead of specifically being offered vacation time. WorldatWork.com reports that between 2002 and 2010 PTO as 43% increase more companies shifted from the standard sick time/vacation time model.
In another interesting vacation trend, of those that do take a vacation 30% will keep contact with their offices during their time of according to a survey done by CareerBuilder.com.
PTO is a mechanism used mostly by contemporary managed companies as it shifts the scheduling responsibility to employees. Under PTO employees can take time off for important personal needs without having to call-in faking an illness. Contemporary managers believe that employees can be empowered to work their schedule in cooperation with their coworkers if they are aware of their importance to the shared vision and mission of their organization.
2014 Max Impact, used with permission.
Resources for you:
- Employment Diversity in Michigan, a human resources networking group on LinkedIn.
- Max Impact offers free employee training materials
- Cultural roadmap, look at the contents of the character within each of us.
- Cultural Faux Pas and Culture Quizzes are interesting quizzes to test your diversity knowledge.
- Keep your workforce motivated with these motivational quotes.
- Repository of business surveys offers many informative and/or fun surveys about the business world.
- “Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons for employee and leadership development.
- Employee training and development materials from Amazon.