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Old 05-01-2008, 06:00 PM
 
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I also felt bad for her trying to fill out health insurance. I was kinda embarassed, she just looked at me like "what kind of country is this!?".
Did you explain to her how easy it is to LEAVE?
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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The US are


Besides getting less vacation than workers in many other countries, Americans often don't use all the time that they do get, and what vacation they take is spent in small slices and often in contact with the office, according to findings from studies.

What about you?

1- what's your job?
2- how many paid vacation days do you have?
3- do you use your vacation days or not? why?
4- do you stay in contact with the office while on vacation?
5- would you agree with a federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days?
6- if your boss asked you to choose : pay raise or more paid vacation days, what would you choose?

Thanks for countribution?
1. Network Technician (Cellular Phone)
2. 15 vacation days, 3 personal days and 4 floating holidays
3. I use every minute of it
4. No I do not. But if a co-worker calls me I will talk to them
5. I would agree with a Federal law mandating holiday time off or triple pay. vacation time is between an employee and his employer (or, in my case, union contract).
6. Pay raise
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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If I wasn't clear above, I don't think that there SHOULD BE "paid" vacations. If you're not at work, you don't get paid. Companies want to save money? That would be ONE way to do it...only pay people when they're actually working.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:04 PM
 
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As an European, I can tell What (a contributor) sees the things exactly as they are.
Here in Paris there is not a day (I didn't say not a week or not a month, no, it is an EVERYDAY occurence...save during vacations! [lol]) without a demonstration, blue-collar workers, taxi drivers, nurses, teachers, students, firemen (!),railway union members, solicitors,pharmacists, and so on, and so forth! they all want from the Government all sorts of privileges, they call it "their part of the cake", problem is, there is no cake anymore .
Try suppress vacations! it would be a giant upheaval!
Good post, man.
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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1- what's your job?
I'm an outdoor power equipment specialist for Lowe's Home Improvement in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Metroplex of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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2- how many paid vacation days do you have?
Currently I have no vacation days (or hours in my case), but I do earn them based upon a percentage of hours worked.

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3- do you use your vacation days or not? why?
Last year I permitted most of my vacation hours to expire unreimbursed. I did so because our store's staffing level is so critical that I always feel horribly guilty about calling off when I'm ill or taking a day of paid vacation using my accrued hours. You're "guilt-tripped" into thinking you're creating hardships for your remaining co-workers as our store gets busier and busier.

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4- do you stay in contact with the office while on vacation?
I often punch in on my days off in order to take computerized training to better hone my skills because I don't feel comfortable leaving the sales floor and leaving my department unattended (I often work alone, much to my chagrin).

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5- would you agree with a federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days?
Companies are continually looking for ways to "make do with less," and by doing so they are overextending their employees and creating a drastic imbalance in our nation of work time vs. family/social time. I know many folks who now work 60-70 hours per week. I myself haven't enjoyed a true vacation in years, and my manic depression seems to be becoming aggravated due to intense stress as of late.

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6- if your boss asked you to choose : pay raise or more paid vacation days, what would you choose?
I'd admittedly choose a pay raise because I'm barely making ends meat now the way it is. At $10/hr. I can't afford to move out of my parents' home, and my upcoming accounting degree is worthless in an area where there is no demand for college-educated professionals. I'm likely going to have to join the thousands of others from my area who commute daily into Greater New York City.

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Old 05-03-2008, 06:42 AM
 
Location: 'Burbs of Manhattan
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Working too much? .. I fail to see how that's possible.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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1- what's your job?
2- how many paid vacation days do you have?
3- do you use your vacation days or not? why?
4- do you stay in contact with the office while on vacation?
5- would you agree with a federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days?
6- if your boss asked you to choose : pay raise or more paid vacation days, what would you choose?

Thanks for countribution?
1 - Pilot, airline
2 - 2 weeks/year for my current longevity; 3 weeks after 5 years, max of 4 weeks after 8 years.
3 - Yes, we have to. It must be taken in 7 day increments. We have the option of working over vacation for extra pay, if one wants, and if there is work.
4 - No, doesn't apply to this line of work.
5- Actually, yes. I think we overemphasize productivity and financial standing at all costs. I see many benefits to mandating vacation.
6 - More days off. I'm gone so much as it is, I'd die for more time at home.

Additional: We get approx. 3 trips worth of sick time/yr. When we call in sick, it's not for a day, you lose your whole trip, normally 4 days. So we basically get what equates to 3 sick occurrences/yr. And we get raked over the coals for it. This is ridiculous because, per the FAA, if we have so much as a cold or are taking even basic OTC meds of any kind, we are unfit for flying. It's a catch 22 that's maddening. Do you risk your job by calling in sick - or do you fly and risk FAA certificate action?

All of the above varies of course from company to company, with some being better than others.

Anyway - I really envy the rest of the world in re: to vacation. We work far too much, sacrificing health, family and personal quality of life. We seem so wrapped up in 'always getting ahead' despite the cost. I believe more time off would allow for richer life experiences, reinforce family ties, lead to improved health and lower health costs, happier employees and thus higher productivity long-term, etc.

Personally, my whole plan in life is to work as little as possible as required to A) Stay employed, and B)Keep up with bills. I'm a person of many hobbies, passions and interests. Those are what make life worth living to me. I would love more time to devote to them. As it is, I live for my days off. That is when I'm alive.
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Old 05-03-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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The US are


Besides getting less vacation than workers in many other countries, Americans often don't use all the time that they do get, and what vacation they take is spent in small slices and often in contact with the office, according to findings from studies.

What about you?

1- what's your job?
2- how many paid vacation days do you have?
3- do you use your vacation days or not? why?
4- do you stay in contact with the office while on vacation?
5- would you agree with a federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days?
6- if your boss asked you to choose : pay raise or more paid vacation days, what would you choose?

Thanks for countribution?
1. I work in the health industry
2. I get three weeks of paid vacation as well as paid holidays off (1 week for christmas, 2 days for Thanksgiving, etc. etc.). I also get 1 week of paid sick leave.
3. Yes, I use every single vacation day (I stay home, not enough money to travel anywhere).
4. Yes, I check my email every now and then and answer back questions.
5. No, vacations are NOT standards of living. They are LUXURIES. If you work in a job that doesn't offer that luxury, its because you choose that job. The job didn't choose you.
6. Pay raise, I have lots of bills... nearly 90% of my income goes to bills and retirement... leaving me with 10% to spend... But I live within my means so I am successful in saving and making my money earn money on its own... I don't overdo it like most Americans...
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Bridgetown, Ohio
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1- what's your job? Information Systems

2- how many paid vacation days do you have? 6 Weeks

3- do you use your vacation days or not? why? No -- I Bank 1 week, plus don't usually take all the remaining 5 because -- too much going on at work.

4- do you stay in contact with the office while on vacation? Yes - even took my laptop with me on my honeymoon.

5- would you agree with a federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days? NO -- Another unfunded mandate. It costs money for companies to grant their employees time off. If the feds require it, it's just another tax on the company to be passed on to its customers.

6- if your boss asked you to choose : pay raise or more paid vacation days, what would you choose? Pay raise definately. I don't use all the vacation time I have now but I pretty much use all my pay.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:40 PM
 
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Default Vacations in the War Machine

1- what's your job?
--Senior Executive Assistant

2- how many paid vacation days do you have?
--I have 4 weeks per year that are given at the beginning of the fiscal year; (4 weeks for the first year, one extra week every two years thereafter that max out after 10 years). We also have 7 sick days, paid holidays, and 3 floating holidays. Sick leave and floating holidays do not accrue.

3- do you use your vacation days or not? why?
--I use them all because my job does not dictate my life. I think it's pathetic when people sacrifice their personal lives for a job or the myth of a career.

4- do you stay in contact with the office while on vacation?
--I am not allowed. We face termination if we come into the office or work during our vacations.

5- would you agree with a federal law mandating that companies pay employees for time off or that they grant them a minimum amount of vacation days?
--I think we need a law. However, I would never accept an offer of employment unless time off was a component of that offer.

6- if your boss asked you to choose: pay raise or more paid vacation days, what would you choose?
--If I had to chose, I would chose another employer. You either compensate me for what I am worth or another company will. They will reap from my talents and you will be busy finding a replacement that will never match what I bring to the job.

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