Countries Vacation Time
When it comes to taking a holiday, it's best to be Finnish, and (not quite) the worst to be American. A new study ranks countries by their paid time-off policies.
...No surprises here.
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At my office, I kid you not, people go from radiation treatments back to work!!
I only have 15 days vacation, they have say 25, and they never use it...I'll be pulling my hair out, wishing I was outside and my coworkers wont even go out to get lunch...It is the strangest thing. Its not like there is a pressing work issue to be dealt with either. I stay close and work long hours when needed, but not a day goes by that I don't plan my next vacation.
"dry and brittle does no good for dreams of fields in passioned hues. and to bring you to this place I'm at brings me no closer to you..."
-The temptation to pick wildflowers-
The CEPR numbers (9 days/6 holidays) seems much more grounded in reality. And it's an actual study. Using those numbers, the US is dead last.
And using the rest of the study's methodology (actual days off required by law) we are also dead last: A big fat zero (based on federal law at least).
OK, rant off ... I know I'm probably preaching to the choir.
The company policy changed though, and people come in with what I worked 5 years for. I'm not complaining, however, since if I stick with it, I have two more years to get to 20 days...
It's all a bit of a joke, though, to imagine really traveling with this amount of paid vacation time. Sure, if I never took any other time off the rest of the year... that's unlikely...
Here, even though there is a legal minimum (10 days) it seems that what happens after that is largely up to the company. For instance, I get 3 weeks a year, and can carry forward up to a full year's worth into the next year. So, theoretically, since I have no vacation plans this year, I could take 6 weeks off next year - enough for a very good trip, except that Kathy could only take 2 weeks. If, however, I only take 2 weeks vacation next year, essentially a week of accrued vacation would just disapear.
At my last employer, any vacation pay remaining at the end of the year was paid out in cash. And some friends simply lose any unused vacation time at the end of each year.
Are there any consistent rules where you are?
In California, however, they cannot take away vacation time once it has been accrued. They can make you stop accruing it once you have maxed out (that amount depends on the employer), but they can't take it away once it's been given.
For me, I can carry over 3 weeks, but I won't start accruing again until I have used some of those days.
A few years back, I was at a company that was trying to make people take their time off so they could get it off the books. It was an NY-based company, so for other employees, it was "use or lose." But for those of us in CA, it was like, "pretty please, we would really like you to use your vacation." Kind of funny.
Also, SF is pretty progressive with other time off. A new law was just enacted that forces companies to pay for sick leave. A full time employee must get at least 9 days.
By the books, you can take three days forward, but they must be used in the first quarter.
In reality, I took 5 forward last year, but I think my boss was lenient about it because I literally used them the first week of the new year...
Not paid for time off accrued but not used unless you're leaving the company...
But even if you had 5 weeks worth of vacation time saved up - you were very rarely allowed to take more than one week off at a time. So forget that month long trip to Chile...not gonna happen.
My first "real" job out of college, I got zero vacation days for my first year, then convinced them to let me use some personal days for vacation (they were NOT happy with that). Finally, I quit and had to go backpacking through Asia for a few months before I was ready to work again.
Now I have 2 weeks and it kills me. I think 4 would be really, really nice... I'm jealous of everyone who has more time than I!
The real problem for me was always that if I took a week off, I fell hopelessly behind on all of my work and actually felt more stressed out when I came back then before I left.
Also, am I reading this wrong or does that California law seem absolutely idiotic? If companies can't take away accrued time off but can limit the maximum, what's stopping them from setting the maximum to, say, 2 weeks, which would completely defeat the purpose of the law?
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