Many people who work for companies have Personal Time Off, also known as PTO Days. How many PTO Days does your job allow you to take?
My job allows us to have 21 PTO Days, but this is where they get you, that includes Holidays. That doesn’t even make sense because then you don’t really have 21 days do you? We have about 5 TO 6 holidays so we really get 15 PTO Days. I had my tonsillectomy so I had to use some of my days off and I used 4 plus 1 prior to that when I was out sick. That leaves me with 10 days. Last week I wasn’t able to work full time, so I asked them to not pay me for the hours I missed as I was only able to work half days. It’s a sacrifice many people can’t afford to take, but my surgery recovery was longer then expected. Luckily, I don’t have a mortgage to pay for right now so I can afford to do these kind of things. I was used to my other job where my PTO days consisted of 18 days, plus two floating days. The floating days were used as a free 2 days that you can take off during a holiday of your choice that the company had to work on. It was great, I would save them for the end of the year so in December I can take off as many days as I can. We also had roll-over days. Where I’m currently at, we don’t have that option, so I have to make sure to use all my PTO Days.
Not Enough Time Off
Does anyone agree that we don’t have enough time off during the year? I think I vote for more TIME OFF! If I wasn’t able to afford not getting paid for the hours I missed I would have had to use those hours as PTO time and I would be left with little to no time off. I rather save my time off for future vacation I’m hoping to take and for the end of the year in December, I always like to take a few days off around that time. I also felt bad for missing to many days off work even though I was still in a lot of pain. Do you ever feel like if you miss too many days even if you are really sick, they might fire you? I think many people try to make it to work even if they should be in bed because their scared their boss won’t believe them or they will get fired. I know I came in thinking I didn’t want to miss any days just in case….and they did see that I wasn’t feeling well, I couldn’t even talk for goodness sakes. Never the less I proved that I am a team player by coming in for half a day, even though I really should have been in bed trying to get better faster. That’s life for you though. We have to sometimes prove ourselves to our bosses so they know we really want and love our jobs. Even if deep down we feel horrible and want to be in bed. It shouldn’t really be this way though, if your sick, you should be in bed, and you shouldn’t have to prove to anyone that you are really sick. Unfortunately there are many people who fake being sick and it’s people like us that are really not feeling well that have to prove to others we really are sick and need the time off. Like I said, that’s life, and now I have to see what to do with the remainder of my PTO Days.
How do you use your PTO Days? Do you use them all or do you end up loosing them?