Personal days would be considered days you are awarded or privy to, to exercise time off to do the things that you ordinarily don't get the time off to do. Let’s say you work schedule is 8/9am-5/6pm. As you know, this is also considered normal business hours. Therefore, in order for you to take care of your own non work related business, you will need personal days or time off.
Depending on where you work, who you work for, the scope of your job and the flexibility therein; you may have more or less sick time, personal days, as well as paid time off and time off without pay. Some companies increase time off, vacation days and or personal days with seniority level, position and tenure. Some companies allow you to take partial or whole days with consideration to the amount of hours total you have versus a whole day. This comes in handy when you only really need three to four hours to handle your business outside of work, but you do no need the entire day off. When this is the case, make sure you are frugal with your time and not careless, because you will need it later.
It is important to use these days as needed and not to waste them away. Some people choose to sleep in, get to work late, leave early, take longer lunch; all go avoid time at work. The problem with that is, when the time comes that you need that time to take care of vital chores, your child is sick, you have to renew driver’s license, you have court, you want to attend an event; you aren't able to. There are many times you may want the day off to celebrate something cultural or historical, that is not considered a holiday or that is not acknowledged by the company.
Yesterday marked the second inaugural celebration for Barack Obama. The day couldn't have been shared with a more historical legend than Martin Luther King. I thought it to hold great significance and to me it enforced the famous "I have a dream speech".
For anyone who wanted to attend the inaugural celebration, which did not live in D.C., would need those personal days. The event, while being held on a Holiday was still one day. Unless you traveled back to your home out of state on the same day of the celebration, you would need the extra day to travel. Again, wonderful time to exercise a personal day.
There were many who wanted to be in attendance to watch this 2nd inaugural celebration of Barack Obama. Many could not absorb the travel cost. For others, they were there because they used their personal days wisely!