VACATION AND EMPLOYEES: Vacation Policies
A vacation, is a period of absence from a particular work, or a given trip or travel, usually for the aim of tourism or recreation. Normally people tend to take a vacation at certain time of the year, especially during special holiday observances or for special occasions. Most vacations are spent either with family or friends. In some developed countries, a vacation is almost a compulsory thing. Even children prefer to go on vacation these days. For the modern individual, who is hard pressed for time, a vacation is a luxury he or she can do without.
This is where time off benefits come into place. Time off benefits are a company’s way of providing ‘payback’ to its employees for their services, by allowing them to take off some of their work and enjoy themselves for a few days, a week or a month. For some companies, providing vacation time offs to its employees is seen as a way of boosting productivity and improving efficiency in the workplace; while for other companies, providing vacation time offs results in increased morale, as employees are able to spend more time with friends and family.
Vacation policies vary widely between companies, and among different locations within a company. Some companies have’spending’ policy, which states that employees may use up to a certain amount of vacation days, per calendar year, without having to refund the entire cost. Other companies have a ‘all-inclusive’ policy, which covers all vacation expenses, including food, lodging, airfare and other related expenses. Some companies also provide insurance for employees on their vacations. Some even have a pay-as-you-go policy, wherein vacationers pay a small fee every time they use a rental car or check in at the hotel.
If you’re planning a short-term vacation for your employees, it’s important to consider how to handle it so that you don’t cause any trouble later on. Many employers have policies prohibiting vacation discounts; so, when you’re looking to extend vacation benefits to your employees, make sure you can give them a ‘no discounts’ policy, to avoid conflict in the future. In case there is a need for a vacation for a family member, be sure you tell your employees about this too. You might want to call your human resources department and ask for professional advice before planning your short-term vacation, especially if your budget is already tight.
Vacation policies can also differ between companies, and can even differ between locations. Some companies have a centralized policy on vacation days, and all employees are automatically eligible. Some companies only offer sick days, while others allow employees to take sick days during vacation time. There are also some companies that don’t recognize the effect of vacation on employees’ salaries, and some that allow overtime if employees take sick days or holidays while on vacation.
If your company does not have a vacation policy, then you will probably have to decide on your own what you will do for your employees who need it. You might want to inform employees that they will be able to take paid vacation days during their entire vacation, and give them instructions on how to take those days off. Or, you might be happy to know that you can give all employees vacation time for up to five weeks per year, but that is only for six weeks at a time. The details may vary from company to company, so be sure to read the documentation provided by your employer carefully.