How you can encourage your team to take full advantage of their well-deserved PTO and why it’s important.
Paid time off is one of the benefits that employees should love to take advantage of. It puts our minds at ease, whether we’re away on a vacation or if life suddenly gets in the way of our plans and we need to take some personal time to figure things out. However, COVID has somewhat skewed our current definition of productivity, therefore affecting how people are using their PTO. Contrary to our initial expectations, the introduction of remote and hybrid work structures has actually resulted in higher productivity, leading to higher burnout. According to Prodoscore, productivity has increased by 47% since March of 2020. This may be attributed to the lack of boundaries between home and work – are we working from home or living at work? Therefore, let’s talk about how you can encourage your team to take full advantage of their well-deserved PTO and why it’s important.
Moving the workforce to a primarily online format definitely has its pros and cons. Aside from proving how interconnected we really are, 24/7 accessibility has proven to have its downsides, mainly because people seem to feel the need to be on stand-by for work at all hours. As HR managers and business owners, it’s our responsibility to look out for our teams, spot signs of burnout, and offer a helping hand.
Here are some of the advantages of taking PTO! Keep these in mind and communicate them to your employees.
That being said, what steps can you take to ensure that your employees are getting the most out of their available PTO?
Especially if your organization does not offer unlimited PTO, remind your team that we are nearing the end of the year and that they should take their time off while it is still available to them!
It’s possible that in the whirlwind of their workload, your team might just forget that they have PTO left to take. They are more likely to take their PTO if the option is kept at the front of their minds.
PTO is not just for your team – it’s for you as well! By upper level employees taking advantage of their PTO, your employees are more likely to feel comfortable taking advantage of theirs. Unfortunately, some employees are scared to take time off, as they want to avoid being seen as “slackers.” Show them that if you can do it, so can they, and that nobody will hold that against them.
With GoCo, you can customize your own Workflow to optimize employee PTO requests and make it fit the needs of your specific team like a glove! Also, our Time Tracking Kiosk allows you to keep track of your team’s PTO with no effort at all.
The first step to this is understanding that overworking leads to burnout which leads to subpar results. Implement workplace boundaries, such as strictly respecting people’s calendars and declared availability and avoiding working past actual business hours.
It is imperative that we have the time to recharge when we truly need it, not just on federal holidays or pre-planned trips.
With the end of the year quickly approaching, it’s important to remind your team about their PTO if they still have some left. We’ve talked about the benefits of PTO and how you can do your best to encourage it, so we hope that both you and your team are able to get some much-needed rest before your PTO expires (if you don’t offer unlimited PTO) and the next year begins!