iOS app Android app

Paid Time Off

Why I'll Keep Paying Employees To Take Vacation

Roger Dow | Posted 12.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Roger Dow

Three years ago, I gave U.S. Travel Association employees who took all of their vacation time a $500 bonus. I'm convinced it was one of the best ideas...

7 Steps to Planning a Staycation

Stephanie Huston | Posted 10.02.2016 | Travel
Stephanie Huston

More than half of American workers left unused vacation days in 2015, and you know why you should cash in on your PTO days. You have hard earned Paid ...

Cash in on Your PTO and Book Your Staycation Today

Stephanie Huston | Posted 09.29.2016 | Travel
Stephanie Huston

A staycation is an incredible, under-utilized way to spend your hard earned vacation days. If you're working full time, you should always keep in mind...

Why Smart Employers Promote Workplace Wellness and Paid Time Off

Parker Beauchamp | Posted 12.17.2016 | Business
Parker Beauchamp

43 million Americans do not have paid time off (PTO). In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation that doesn't require employers to provide this benefit. But does limiting sick time help or harm employers and their employees?

Netflix Just Made Another Huge Stride On Parental Leave

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.16.2017 | Business

Netflix is taking a huge step forward for the working parents it employs. The California-based tech company announced in August that it would give it...

How Paid Time Off Policies Can Hurt Your Employees

Gene Marks | Posted 11.04.2016 | Business
Gene Marks

Paid time off is a publicity stunt. Most companies know that their best employees aren't going to take advantage of it. And by leaving the policy open and "up to the employee" managers are now creating a different kind of competitive environment, one that encourages taking less time off, rather than more.

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2016 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.

The Fraud Of The New "Family-Friendly" Work

Robert Reich | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Robert Reich

Employers treat replaceable workers as costs to be cut, not as assets to be developed. Replaceable workers almost never get paid family leave, they get a few paid sick days, and barely any vacation time.

Plugged in at the Beach

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

Maybe a so-called 'workcation" is the answer for some people and some organizations? Employees only use half of their eligible paid time off, and according to a Harris Interactive Poll, 61% of Americans work while they're on vacation.

No-Vacation Nation: Does the U.S. Government Care About American Workers?

Marina Peña | Posted 07.20.2016 | College
Marina Peña

Around summer time, many Americans look forward to a week off from work where they can unwind and spend time with their families. Yet, the reality of taking a vacation while employed is that one in four U.S. workers don't receive paid time off.

Ryan Grim

This Bernie Sanders Idea Treats All Workers Like They're Real People | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched his presidential campaign in Burlington, Vermont, Tuesday, ticking off a list of well-known progressive reforms h...

Microsoft Shows White House How To 'Lead On Leave'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

For the past several months, White House officials and Democrats in Congress have been using the bully pulpit to encourage more U.S. businesses to off...

Why Is Everyone So Busy? 'Time Poverty' and Ways You Can Fight It

Jenny Dearborn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Jenny Dearborn

Too often, we're plagued by "time poverty" -- the idea that there's not enough time to do all the work we need to do. The problem is, we stress out, and we burn out. But research is increasingly finding that the cure for "time poverty" isn't more time -- it's better using the time we have.

Trip-hacking: The Millennial's Guide to Traveling on a Budget (That Everyone Can Use)

Michael Ruderman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Money
Michael Ruderman

Four out of 10 millennials admitted feeling guilty about using all of their vacation days. Fewer than two out of ten baby boomers felt the same way.

This Company Gives New Hires A Paid Vacation Before Their First Day

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.20.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

About 40 percent of American workers plan to let their paid vacation days go to waste this year, thanks to fears about what will happen if they get aw...

Dave Jamieson

Americans Believe Paid Vacation Should Be A Worker's Right | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans overwhelmingly support the idea of requiring large U.S. employers to provide their workers with at least some paid vacation ti...

40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.19.2014 | Travel
Arianna Huffington

An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).

Jillian Berman

Americans Are Too Afraid And Stressed To Take Days Off From Work | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business

American workers are too scared to go on vacation. About 40 percent of us don't plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a ...

The Case for Guaranteed Minimum Vacation for US Workers

Johan Svanstrom | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Johan Svanstrom

It's time that the U.S. catch up with Canada, Germany and Japan and every other advanced nation in the world, and it's time to bring vacation equality to those 28 million working Americans. Paid vacation for workers in the 21st Century workplace is a policy whose time has come.

Is Paid 'Menstrual Leave' A Good Idea For Women?

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women

Do women deserve paid "menstrual leave" for the days when cramps, irritability or more complicated issues like endometriosis distract from the day's t...

WATCH: After Hearing This, You May Want To Quit Your Job And Work For Netflix

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.20.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Netflix is a great way to kill a few hours with a binge-watching marathon, but it turns out the company is also a wonderful example for how to treat e...

Are You Burning Out Your Employees?

Erin Daruszka | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Allowing employees to use their time off may result in happy, more productive employees who put forth more discretionary effort. And a final word on one of my personal pet peeves: if someone takes half a day off - don't send them off with a sarcastic comment like "You must've had a rough day today."

38 Percent Of U.S. Workers Have No Paid Sick Leave

CNBC | Mark Koba | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

CNBC: Just last month, New York joined the short list of cities—Portland, San Francisco, Washington and Seattle—and the state of Connecticut...

7 Tips That Will Guarantee Your Vacation Request Is Approved

Rana Florida | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Don't disappoint your family or friends by getting stuck in the office. Here are some tips to ensure you get to take your vacation on your schedule.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows How Americans Feel About Paid Sick Leave | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

A majority of Americans support mandating paid sick leave for employees, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Seventy-four percent of Americans...