Working Conversations Episode 104:

What To Do When Employees Abuse Unlimited PTO

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your company offered unlimited paid time off, only to have some employees take advantage of the system and abuse it?

Companies are offering more and more attractive benefits to remain competitive recruiting  and retaining  top talent, and one of those benefits is unlimited paid time off, or PTO. Not just here in the US, but around the world.

Mary, a senior leader in a large company, feels caught between a rock and a hard place because of this PTO policy: On one hand, she’s got an attractive employee benefit that has helped her make some great hires in the past year. On the other hand, she has a long time employee who feels entitled and is abusing the policy.

If you were Mary, what would you do about it?

In this episode, I explore how unlimited PTO works, what happens when this perk is abused by employees, and the impact it can have on the team and overall company culture.

As an expert on the future of work, I offer specific advice on how to handle situations when unlimited PTO - or any other attractive employee benefit - is being abused.

Whether you're an employee dealing with a colleague who's taking advantage of unlimited PTO, or a senior leader trying to maintain fairness and productivity, this episode is for you.

Listen and catch the full episode here or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also watch it and replay it on my YouTube channel, JanelAndersonPhD.

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