Deadlines, projects that come up at the last minute and emails that can’t go unanswered-those are just some of the reasons why employees don’t use their paid time off (PTO). With social media, email and texting, immediate responses are expected and it can often feel as if you can’t pry yourself away from your desk for some downtime to refresh. Expedia’s Annual Vacation Deprivation Study indicated that unused vacation time is up to 59%-the highest it’s been in five years and up 8% from last year. When it comes to taking a break, it’s not only up to the employee to take a rest-the employer should be just as involved.
I recently saw an article on an industry newsletter that caught my eye. The original blog posed the question, "Staffing the Association: Employ Staff or Contract with AMC?” The post gave a great overview of the benefits of partnering with an AMC. While not going into specifics, it hit the high level benefits that we, as an AMC provide for Associations. There was a follow up on the subject, addressing a few comments that focused on why employing your own staff is a better option for an association.
Most everyone today has read or heard about Yahoo reversing a trend seen across the country: specifically now requiring its entire staff to work in the office and canceling any remote office arrangement. There have been many thoughts expressed as to what caused this from more effective collaboration of teams to a ploy to trim the ranks by gambling some staff just wouldn’t be able or willing to make that change in lifestyle.