Statistics on Taking leave time
The survey of nearly 4,500 benefit plans covering over 6 million employees across the U.S. revealed that, in addition to vacation days and sick days, employers offered paid time off for:
- Death in the family (33.3 %). Employees are granted an average of 3.4 days off. Obviously they have never had to deal with the death of a loved one.
- Jury duty (33%). So much for being good citizens!
- Military leave (17.2%). Am I missing something? I thought this was a law?
- Maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave (8.6%). Only 8% for parental time?
- Family illness (5.1%).
Just so you know, I am not some bleeding heart, social liberal. However, I have read all the statistics about the fact that happy employees make more productive employees and productive employees make more money for their companies. And employees are not going to be happy and productive if their employers do not allow some time in their lives to live their lives. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Are we Better than this?
The only conclusion I can reach is that too many businesses are just plain heartless. That needs to be changed. Someone make me feel better about businesses and tell me about your time off policies. Someone tell me we are better than this.
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Article by Mike Haberman
Michael (Mike) D. Haberman, SPHR is a consultant, writer, speaker and co-founder of Omega HR Solutions, Inc. He has been in the field of HR for 30 years as both practitioner and consultant. He specializes in compliance issues for his small business clients. He is the author of the blog HR Observations which can be found at www.omegahrsolutions.com and he has been writing blog posts on a full spectrum of HR topics for almost seven years. He is an active user of Twitter and can be found at @mikehaberman or @HRComplianceGuy. He has been an instructor in HR for 14 years and has helped many people achieve their PHR or SPHR during that time.
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