Paid Time Off Programs and Practices


This report summarizes the results of a January 2016 survey of WorldatWork members to better understand PTO bank-style and traditional paid time off (e.g., vacation time, sick time, personal days) programs and practices. On Jan. 20, 2016 , survey invitations were sent electronically to 5,005 WorldatWork members . Members invited to participate were randomly selected benefits specialists. The survey closed on Feb. 5, 2016, with 667 responses, a 13% response rate. The dataset was cleaned and analyzed using statistical software. Any duplicate records were removed, resulting in a final dataset of 625 responses. Data comparisons with any relevant, statistically significant differences are noted in this report.

Survey Results

Paid Time Off Programs and Practices

While the use of PTO bank-type systems have continued to increase steadily since 2002, the traditional systems remain most prevalent despite a decline from 2014. 88% of organizations believe it is necessary to offer some type of paid time off program to be competitive in the labor market. The top three reasons for offering these programs to employees include: encouraging employees to rest and rejuvenate, improve employee attraction and satisfy employee paid time off expectations. Many companies encourage their employees to take paid time off, but do not require a minimum level of usage.

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