New Trend: The End of Vacation Days?
More employers offering 'unlimited' time off, but it's not as great as it sounds
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2013 12:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – More and more employers are jumping on a trend that, on its surface, sounds like a pretty good deal for workers: unlimited time off. The policy, which is especially prevalent in the hip offices of Silicon Valley, is simple: Instead of accumulating and spending vacation days, employees just take off whatever time they need. But critics don't think it's all it's cracked up to be, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Some are derisively calling it the "no vacation" policy.

That's because without specific guidelines, many workers are sheepish about taking any time off at all, and any time they don't take off is lost forever, rather than accumulated or eventually paid out. About 57% of Americans don't use all their vacation time each year, according to one study. At least one employer, however, has sought to correct for the problem: Evernote, which uses unlimited vacation, pays employees a $1,000 bonus for taking at least one week off.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 26, 2013 1:39 AM CDT
Don't most places simply have x amount of PTO? Who has vacation time? The problem started when companies like mine started lumping it all together. The benefit for the company is that there is little to no blue flu anymore. That's because your sick leave is now your vacation time. They like to say with enthusiasm, "We give you 10 days per year for you to choose what you want to do with it." Oh how great that is. But what if you do get sick? Is that really a vacation? I haven't used more than a week of sick leave in more than 40 years of working on this Earth. That's also taking into consideration I was born into a family business and have my earliest memories of getting paid at age 5. It was a nickel per item I assembled for display. What bothers me the most are the people grandfathered in the old system where I work. They get like six weeks of vacation, two weeks of sick leave, and a week of personal leave. For the most part, every three to four weeks they take off one or more days to use it up. Quite frankly,that causes more productivity issues where I work.
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Aug 25, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
This is a good move to tie cubicle slaves to the desk 24/7. Unlimited vacation = none-stop work
Eat_Eateator
Aug 25, 2013 3:09 PM CDT
How many days do the outofployed get? All of them lol, sucklers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!