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How Will Your Vacation Days Get Used This Summer?

Will you spend your vacation days helping a former roommate move? Or renewing your license? Or getting the oil changed?

You may be using them wisely but according to folks on this commercial, they’re totally judging. And that’s okay. You’re squandering them if you’re sitting at the DMV instead of sitting on a beach. And hey, if you don’t use them, you lose ‘em. The days will expire soon enough.

Sure, it’s a tourism video but it creates a pause to think about how you’ll truly spend your valuable personal time off. And it also made us chuckle. Enjoy!

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Survey Reveals Americans Leave Vacation Time on the Table

vacayIn the category of disturbing news, a new study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of travel Web site Expedia says the typical American only used about two-thirds of their vacation time!

What is up with that? Seriously. Apparently on average we earned 14 days of vacation and only used about 10 days away from the office.  Maybe we’re truly workaholics? Fearful of losing our jobs? Fearful of being truly disconnected to recharge our batteries? Read more

Sick Days, Personal Time, Holidays & Vacation? Why Not ‘Free Time Off’ Instead?

palm treesLet’s wrap up the week on a fun note, shall we?

When we read this piece on Forbes, we soared into the air with delight. (Okay, more like a little leap of joy but we digress.) Could this perhaps be a trend for other companies to follow?

According to Craig Malloy, CEO of Bloomfire, a social knowledge base application that enables teams to find, share and create contentstaid corporate vacation and sick leave policies are ancient.

Remarking they “have always seemed silly to me,” the executive at the Austin-based company poses the million dollar question: “Why do our colleagues in Europe get far more vacation than Americans?”

Plus, considering more and more companies are forcing employees to use vacation days when they’re sick by lumping them into a PTO category (as in paid time off), people to come into work when they’re feeling sick and simultaneously spread their germs. Read more

Get This: Some Companies Offer Unlimited Personal Time Off! Here’s the Catch: Survey Says Perk is Among Minority of Employers

Want more vacation time? As PTO (paid time off or personal time off) requests kick into high gear at your employer, chances are several employees may be counting their days to ensure every moment is spent. Even if they need a mental health day for a staycation, time is typically tracked and accounted for, and prudently used.

Well, this piece in today’s New York Post got us thinking. How sweet would it be to have unlimited PTO? For instance, ZocDoc, the NYC-based online medical appointment Web site, offers unlimited PTO. This includes vacation, personal and sick days without an old-fashioned accrual system.

Don’t get too excited. The piece pointed out last year’s survey by the Society of Human Resources indicated only one percent of businesses across the country actually offer this perk to its employees. Read more

How to Make the Most of a Vacation Without Thinking About the Office

Let’s face it: We love modern technology. Smart phones, iPads, laptops — the works.

However, when you want to go on a well-deserved vacation, these little devices could become our nemesis. The looming question remains: How can you physically detach when your in box is merely one press of the button away?

According to Eileen Zimmerman, “Career Couch” columnist for The New York Times, it can be done.

In one column, Dawn Fay, a district president in the NYC office of Robert Half International recommends planning ahead. “Make a plan that covers what you intend to finish before you leave, as well as the tasks that will be handled each day you are gone and by whom, so everyone knows their responsibilities.” Read more