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PTO is an investment, not a cost.

TLDR: PTO is not a cost for you as a leader, it’s an investment in your people, your team, and your company.

For a lot of us around the world, the end of December is a time to take some time off and be with the family, to rest and get ready for a new year. This got me thinking about something I’ve noticed in my almost 20 years in tech: a lot of leaders look at PTO (Paid Time Off) as a cost to their company and their teams.

It’s my believe that all of these leaders are wrong. Taking PTO (and actively encouraging others to take PTO too) is one of the smartest things you can do as a leader. And it’s an amazing investment for you as a company.

Let me explain it with a meme :

 What if we invest in our people and they leave? | Recognition programs,  Investment quotes, Investing

Or with some actual context:

  1. Well rested employees are more productive and more focussed.

  2. Having people regularly take time off strengthens your team’s understanding of what everyone else in the team is doing as they will regularly need to take over when people are on PTO.

  3. This will force everyone to document their work so it’s easy for a coworker to take over when they’re on PTO. So they won’t return to a mountain of work.

  4. Team members will feel supported and cared for by their leaders and the company. This in turn will create a positive feedback loop of support towards each other and the customers.

  5. Hours in seat does now qualify as a good metric for work in a highly creative job.

  6. People need half a week to fully disengage from work, so give them enough consecutive days to actually be able to relax.

 

My tips for any leader (wether you’re leading a single person or company the size of Meta):

  1. Lead by example and take time off yourself. Nobody should be irreplaceable.

  2. Have everyone take off at least one week per quarter, and at least 2 consecutive weeks per year once.

  3. Celebrate people when they come back, let them know you’ve missed them and that you’re interested to hear their stories.

  4. Strengthen your documentation and project management expertise to help your people take time off without having to worry about the mountain of work waiting for them when they get back.

  5. Set team goals instead of individual goals, it will give people incentives to help each other.

 

Do this and you will see:

  1. More passionated and engaged employees.

  2. Higher retention rate.

  3. More people in your hiring pipeline, everyone wants to work at a company that appreciates them.

  4. Higher customer satisfaction, because happier employees equals better customer service.

  5. Higher team performance and productivity, because happy and well rested people get more done.

 

Thus: PTO is not a cost, it’s an investment. In your people, your customers, and your company.

On that note: I’ll be taking the next 2 weeks off to enjoy the holidays with my family. I would highly encourage you to do the same and book some time off to relax and refocus. What’s stopping you?

P.S.: Feel free to post vacation tips, pictures, or stories in the comments. I’m always looking for inspiration.

 

9 comments

Dave Mathijs
Community Leader
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Dec 22, 2022

Amen to that @Peter Van de Voorde , happy PTO holidays with your family!

I always used to work between Christmas and New Year because it was quiet at the office and I could actually get things done without being interrupted all the time.

Now I'm happy that our company is closed for the holidays.

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Mel Policicchio
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Dec 22, 2022

I love all of this! I especially like your point about celebrating people when they get back and asking about their trip. There's nothing worse than feeling like you're putting your team out by taking a vacation, and it's nice to be asked about trips before being handed a mountain of work to catch up on. 

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Summer.Hogan
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Dec 22, 2022

Total Amen to that @Peter Van de Voorde! We have Flexible Time Off (FTO) where I work where you take what you think you deserve and there are no guidelines. It is so great and I take fully advantage of it so I don't get burnt out! I am taking the next 11 days straight off and only had to take 5 FTO days! I look so forward to it as I need a refresh! From everything you wrote, my favorite part is celebrating people when they get back and let them know they were missed! That is a very important thing to do! 

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You've made me rethink my plans @Peter Van de Voorde !

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Dave Liao
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Dec 23, 2022

@Peter Van de Voorde - I'll be taking your advice for next year!

My company offers FTO like Summer's, so I really should use my hours. 😅

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Sajit Nair
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Dec 27, 2022

@Peter Van de Voorde .. rightly said.
PTO definitely boosts productivity and morale. 
Happy holidays everyone.

Christine P_ Dela Rosa
Atlassian Team
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Dec 28, 2022

Big fan of using time off as an example of investing in individuals, team culture, and attraction for future candidates. It goes beyond immediate benefits.

Speaking of PTO, I just took some and played hide and go seek with kids who thought they were a little better at hiding than they actually were lol.

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Airyn
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Feb 11, 2023

Agreed! 

Dan Breyen
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Mar 06, 2023

Time off is time away from a project to rejuvenate & recharge your batteries.  Taking some time away from your Full Time Job to work on side projects and other tasks will make you more valuable when you come back to work.

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