And how to craft a time off policy that’s ready for takeoff
Busy as you are, you may not have registered that the calendar year is quickly coming to a close. Whatever your plans, it’s best to take stock of your wins and opportunities from the past 12 months and think not only about what you can offer your customers but what you can offer your employees to improve their experiences as members of your team. This is a good time to reevaluate your benefits policy and look at one of the most valuable employee benefits: time.
Flexibility, work-life balance, and the freedom to be sick (or stay home with sick kids) are perks that do wonders for retention. While paid time off can include sick time, maternity leave, and bereavement, vacation time is also extremely important to employees.
At Intuit, employees receive competitive benefits that include paid vacation. And as a team that loves to play hard, employees here are known to make the most of their time off. When this team takes PTO, they travel to destinations once reserved for their bucket lists. They reach the highest heights for their families, and they take off-the-beaten-path honeymoons.
Vacation time is a priceless gift. Take it from a company that understands how to do it right.
Treading glass skywalks in China
“I went to China on a two-week vacation with my Dad in April. We met up with my sister who currently lives in Beijing and traveled all around China, including the central and southern provinces. Every place in China we visited was pretty incredible, but probably my favorite area was in Zhangjiajie where we rode the longest cable car in the world to get to the highest glass skywalks in the world. It was an incredible and terrifying day.
Vacation time is important to me because it’s a time you can get away from the stress of your job and everyday life to experience something new and gain a different perspective. I am most grateful that I work for a company that understands the importance of relaxing and getting away, as you usually become a better person (and worker) because of it.”
— Annie Densley, Video Media Specialist
Watching sunsets in Reykjavik, Iceland
“Most people choose a tropical destination for their honeymoon, but after seeing the architecture and beautiful scenery of Iceland, my husband and I knew we had to go there! We spent a week at a cozy little Airbnb in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where we saw beautiful sunsets, ate amazing pastries, and even pet Icelandic horses!
It’s hard to take a vacation in January when you work for a large company. The fact that I was able to unplug and fully enjoy my honeymoon at the beginning of the year, fully knowing that my leadership and colleagues wanted me to relax and enjoy it meant so much to me!”
— Jessica Greene, Accounting Programs and Education Specialist
Sampling whiskey on Scotland’s Isle of Skye
“My wife and I got to celebrate our honeymoon in Ireland and Scotland this year. We were there for two weeks and got to drive around to several different cities and see some of the most beautiful countrysides I have ever seen. The highlight for me was the Isle of Skye in Scotland. It’s a remote part of the country where they make some of the very best whiskey in the world. It was a five-hour drive through the highlands that is worth every second.
PTO is important to me because I often find it hard to rest and slow down. PTO, for me, is a time to recharge and reset. Once I slow down, it’s easier for me to experience the things I love and really be present with the people I love. I’m not worried about tomorrow or deadlines, I just get to enjoy today.”
— Patrick Adcock, Content Marketer
Climbing to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, Italy
“Rome has always been at the top of my list of places to go. I’m fascinated by the incomprehensible amount of history embedded in every cobblestone. So when it came time to plan my yearly overseas adventure, the choice was clear. I threw coins in the Trevi Fountain, climbed to the top of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, and watched the rain pour through the oculus of the Pantheon. I walked the Renaissance-inspired streets of Florence, stood in the shadow of the statue of David, and watched the sunset from the coast of the Cinque Terre.
In these moments, I am especially grateful to work for a company that understands the importance of living for today — a company that encourages us to clock out, unplug, and take the trip.”
— Myranda Mondry, Lead Content Writer
Exploring Japan’s rich cultural history
“There’s nothing more wonderful than adventuring with your best friend. My wife, Sarah, and I spent our honeymoon exploring the busy city streets and picturesque countrysides of Japan, traveling through Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and more.
Our travels introduced us to a rich cultural history, delicious cuisine, and some of the most considerate people you’ll ever meet. I’m grateful to work for a company that not only accommodates but encourages taking advantage of once-in-a-lifetime experiences like this.”
— David Kirby, Content Marketer
Feeling inspired by Gaudí architecture in Spain
“There is something about traveling that truly feeds my soul. I love learning about other cultures — their history, their art — and being submerged in the experience of someone else’s world. This year my husband and I, along with his side of the family explored Spain for two weeks, roaming the gothic streets of Barcelona, walking into the castle where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella agreed to sponsor Columbus to go to the Americas, exploring the Roman ruins underneath the sidewalks. The freedom of artistic expression in the Gaudí architecture left me inspired. There is something about seeing the work of someone who didn’t follow the rules but had purpose and meaning for everything he did. You admire that and want to dive deeper into how you can apply it to your life — that excellence with a clear purpose.
Being able to take PTO is a blessing. Whether you travel the world or take a staycation, it’s time that helps you unplug, recenter, and re-energize. It inspires you to be your best self. If you are constantly giving of yourself without the time to recharge, you will burn out. PTO is self-care, quieting the noise for a bit to help you realize ‘you got this.’”
— Misty Megia, Head of Accounting Programs and Education
How to craft a PTO policy that works
Need more information on crafting the perfect PTO policy for your team? Join employee paid time off experts Robin Wilson of Intuit, Michael Goldberg of Namely, and Jessica Greene of Intuit for an hour-long discussion about what’s happening in the world of paid time off.
This free session is open to anyone with an interest in employee benefits or human resources. This is your chance to ask three employee benefits experts about how you can maximize your PTO policy to benefit both employees and employers.