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November 19, 2019

The Debate on Unlimited PTO


All benefits packages look different, specifically when it comes to paid time off. Some companies break down your days to personal, vacation, and sick time, while others lump them all together. Regardless of how they are presented, companies give each employee a specific number of days they can take off. But what if there was no limit to the number of PTO days? The debate over giving employees unlimited PTO isn’t new but has definitely become more popular. Neither the pros or cons outweigh each other, so there hasn’t been a clear consensus on if it should be implemented more of not. Below are only a few of the arguments that have been made in favor of or against unlimited PTO, but it’s up to each employer to determine what’s best for their company.

PROS

1. Employees Come in Ready to Work
When employees have the option to take off as many days as they’d like, the decision to come into the office means they are willing and ready to get work done.
2. Increases Productivity and Morale
More on the previous point, choosing to work means employees will also be focused on getting tasks and projects completed and will be happy getting them done.
3. It Saves the Company Money
At many companies, when employees move on to new opportunities, the employer may have to pay out unused time off. But not if their PTO is unlimited.

CONS

1. Employees Might Abuse It
Some employees might interpret unlimited days off as an excuse to never come to work, leading to a lack of productivity and them treating their employer like a cash cow.
2. Too Many People Out at the Same Time
If employees are not required to request their days off, entire teams could be out of the office at the same time, with everyone thinking someone else will be in.
3. Unclear Expectations
Many employees may fear being reprimanded for taking too many days off, and therefore not using any PTO time, which can result in burnout and resentment.

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