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Employees are looking to have flexibility in their lives. The idea of a PTO or Paid Time Off program is to give an element of control to the employees. Time off to refresh and recharge is good for business too as stressed out people simply do not perform at their best, if at all. When employees have to worry about home and/or do not have the flexibility to deal with urgent situations, it is as if only part of the person comes to work that day. Employees are having time off available, as needed is a huge contributor to building employee morale.
You can leverage a PTO program to be the employee benefit and time off advantage you intended. No more allotments of fixed time off in categories such as vacation, illness, personal. Instead, employees have a single allotment that they can use as they see fit, while still subject to any restrictions needed for the daily operations of your business.
Administratively speaking when planned properly and communicated there is less of a burden to HR, managers and employees. The employee realizes a newfound freedom, sense of control, satisfaction and even responsibility for managing their time off according to what is important to them. Co-workers are happier too as they are not left scrambling to fill in for other employees unscheduled absences. Happier employees translate into increased morale and engagement, even better teamwork, creating a competitive edge in the market for labor.
So what could go wrong? To start, transitioning existing time off banks leaves and benefits into a PTO program can be confusing to say the least. All existing benefits require review to make sure employees are left at the least, in the same if not a better position than before the transition to PTO. The communications for employees to understand the transition is a good thing can be just as tricky. Fears need addressed in a clear and positive manner. Some traditional managers can view PTO programs as a loss of control and those managers have to be educated as well.
Employers in states that treat sick pay differently than vacation pay upon an employee's termination need to run the numbers carefully. There is a lot of planning that needs to be in place from structure all the way through to communication and implementation.
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