Paid Time Off – To Take or Not To Take

By Nikki Brown

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted a study surveying 481 HR professionals about the relationship between their employees and their Paid Time Off (PTO) practices. The results were clear in showing that employees who take all or most of their PTO each year are more productive, perform better and are more satisfied in their jobs. Here are some of the key findings:

  • 77% believe that employees who use their PTO time are more productive than those who do not.
  • 75% report that employees who take most or all of the PTO perform better compared with employees who take less time.
  • 78% feel that taking advantage of available PTO improves employee job satisfaction.
  • 72% agree that if employees who are currently taking less PTO were to take more, they would be more productive.
  • 69% say that taking more of one’s available PTO also leads to better job performance.

As we are in the height of summer and many of your employees are utilizing their well-deserved PTO, bear in mind that they will hopefully return rested, recharged and re-committed to their roles. Their time away can be an invaluable asset to the bottom line.