To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
From: "Zatloukal, Brian J." <ZatloukalBJ(--nospam--at)bv.com>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 14:52:15 -0500
I've been watching this thread with some interest as I'm one of the younger
generation, I've been in the workforce for about 2 years now. I've had this
discussion with a fair number of people in my office and most of us agree
that we'd like to see more time off, not necessarily to go climb with our
college buddies or whatever else, but more as a time to refresh ourselves.
Starting out with 2 weeks, and gaining an extra day in the 5th -10 year
seems a little light to me. I turn your attention to Europe, the standard
is about 6 weeks, with some firms stating that you have to take a block of 3
or 4 weeks at one time. All in the interest of refreshing the employee so
that when they're at work, they're at their best and not stressed as much.
Just my $0.02.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Polhemus [SMTP:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 3:43 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David Fisher [mailto:dfisher(--nospam--at)fplushse.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 1:20 PM
> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> > Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
> > Gentlemen:
> > As a firm owner (20 people), you be surprised how big an issue vacation
> > benefits
> > Are to new grads!
> > I think I offer a very nice package of compensation and benefits in a
> > relaxed work environment.
> > I had one potential employee quite literally agonize over the 2
> > weeks (that
> > we offer to new grads)
> > vs. 3 weeks that the ABC Company (300 employees) offers.
> > Never mind that I was paying more and offered (I think) better
> > projects and
> > potential for advancement.
> I do agree that the "younger generation" seems to love to play. That is
> reason they want the time off.
> Now, can I really blame them in all honesty, since one of the primary
> reasons I went to work for myself was so that I could order my own time?
> I can't.
> Times change, and so do the imperatives of the workforce.
> People don't get married much anymore, for example. What do they care
> your splendiferous "family-oriented" benefits like comprehensive
> coverage and family sick leave? No, they want to know if they will have
> sufficient down-time available to them during the year to go climb Mt.
> McKinley with a bunch of their college buddies (that was one of the
> situations I had with a new hire a couple of years ago).
> Anyway, you gotta go with the flow, if you want to get people to work for
> William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, Texas
> Phone 281-492-2251
> Fax 281-492-8203
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