Paid time off is an important part of employee benefits that you should review carefully and make the best use of it. We have a great resource that helps you examine and manage your paid time off benefits. I think there are two critical elements to think about:
- Planned paid time off: this usually involves your travel or vacation plans of the year. Make sure you are proactive in planning your calendar and let your team know in advance to coordinate the work flow.
- Unplanned paid time off: this usually means sick or other personal situations that come up. Communication again is the absolute key especially during the time of pandemic. We see lots of members taking sick leaves but experiencing many miscommunications with their employers that end up losing wages or even jobs. That’s why it’s also very important to communicate proactively and clearly about the workplace policy (which could be subject to constant changes due to the current COVID situation). Make sure everything is documented through paperwork or emails. And also explore other potential benefits such as short term disability insurance to see if there can be some safety net to pay the bills.
Learning more about your benefits and rights can help you maintain your work life balance while ensuring your job security. How do you usually manage your paid time off?