How many people have “use it or lose it” vacation? I had never heard of such a thing, but then again I have only held one other job that offered vacation, and leave in the military is a completely different animal. Thusly, I am “using” my vacation days before I “lose” them. I am saving one day in case the boys get sick, although it pains me to not use that time off. I have nearly a week off of work.
This was beneficial to me when I fist embarked on my career, because I earned paid time off when I first began working, rather than working for a year before I was granted vacation. This, according to many of my friends, was the norm for their jobs. I believe that earning paid time off throughout the year creates a more employee friendly environment, especially for those of us with children.
Conversely, I am irritated that the remaining time disappears at the end of the year. If I went over my allotted amount of time off, I am sure that they would recoup their loss the beginning of the following year. Sounds a little hypocritical to me. But then again, what am I complaining about? I have five days off of work!