Have you received a request from an employee to work through their vacation and take the extra pay? If not this may be the summer you are presented with this question. With no shortage of polls telling us that Americans are curbing travel plans due to high gas prices employees may prefer, or need, to work rather than take time off to stay at or close to home.
The Expedia.com-2007 International Vacation Deprivation Survey found that about one third of Americans do not take all of their vacation days. Yes Expedia would like everyone to take full advantage of vacation eligibility but 12% of survey respondents said they didn’t take the time off so they could get money back for unused days.
Think about the consequences before you breathe a sigh of relief that you won’t have to scramble to cover another vacation and say yes. The most obvious one is the additional payroll. Look at your annual budget and calculate the cost of the extra pay. If you do decide to pay out set a limit on how much you will pay and make it clear it’s a one time offer, don’t promise to continue the practice indefinitely.
Travel planners are joined by doctors in recommending that employees take vacations. When was the last time you heard a doctor recommend that you work more, add stress and skip time off? Even if a vacation does not include beneficial physical activity and a change of scenery it is likely to allow more time for sleep.
Employees who return from vacation bring more than great stories back to work. The Families and Work Institute study Overwork in
It looks like everyone benefits when employees take vacation. Welcome employees back when they return and spend time asking about their adventures. Interesting stories don’t only come from trips to far off lands. You may hear some great suggestions for your next long weekend.