What Is Paid Time Off (PTO) and Why Should You Use It?

Not taking time off of work is a problem. It can lead to a toxic workplace where you are burnt-out, stressed, anxious, irritable, and unhappy.

What is Paid Time Off (PTO)?

Paid time off refers to planned time away from your job where you still receive pay.

Examples of PTO

– Federal Holidays – Vacation – Sick Time – Medical Leave – Jury Duty – Bereavement

Your vacation time is the number of PTO hours or days you can take off from your regular work schedule.

What is Vacation Time?

Why Aren’t People  Using Their PTO?

They are afraid of what it might do to their reputation and chances of getting a promotion.

Why You Need Time Off

Humans are not designed always to be working. You need downtime to balance out your activity and recharge.

What Happens to My Unused Paid Time Off?

Some companies have a “use it or lose it” policy where you can’t cash out or roll over any of your unused time (which is illegal in Canada).

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