Next on the Workforce Institute Radio podcast series: Can unlimited paid time off (PTO) work for both employees and employers? What began as an innovative perk to help employees maximize work-life balance while giving organizations a unique recruiting differentiator has experienced some backlash. Opponents argue that uncapped time off actually benefits the employer, as employees take less time off under these “open” or “unlimited” arrangements compared to more traditional accrued time off programs.

Listen to Joyce Maroney, director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, discuss unlimited time off policies with fellow board members Sharlyn Lauby, president of ITM Group Inc. and renown “HR Bartender” blogger, and David Almeda, chief people officer at Kronos, who successfully rolled out an open PTO policy at Kronos in 2016. Questions answered in this podcast include:

  • Despite negative attention around uncapped PTO, what are the benefits?
  • What should organizations consider before embarking on this innovative policy change and how should they prepare?
  • What are the biggest challenges in implementing an uncapped vacation policy?
  • How should people managers be trained to make this type of policy successful?
  • Could an uncapped time off policy work for front line and/or hourly workers, or is this merely a perk enjoyed by laptop-toting white-collar workers?

When:              Available now

Where:             The Workforce Institute blog site


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