Category Archives for Time Off Benefits

Why an Unlimited Vacation Policy is NOT What You Think

Unlimited Vacation? How many days do you really have?

Wow, you’ve won the vacation lotto and can take all the vacation days you wish! Where are you going to go now? Or should I ask “How many days are you going to take off now?” Should all of us be jealous of those who have an “unlimited” vacation policy at work? My gut reaction […]

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Vacation Days and Paid Time Off Work Policies – Top 10 Questions to Ask HR

Ask About Vacation Top 10 HR Questions

Asking your Human Resources contact the right questions when starting a new job is essential to make sure that you fully understand your vacation benefits inside and out. The following list of questions can be used as a guide on what to ask. At some point you’ll be meeting with your HR representative whether that is […]

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USA Holiday Calendar Dates for 2016 Vacation Planning

2016 Holiday Vacation Calendar USA Planner

Mark your calendars with every company holiday in 2016! Our annual list post tells you how to leverage the most common holidays offered to U.S. employees so we can all take more vacations. Of course your actual holidays off from work will vary.  That is why the start of the year is the best time to review your official holiday […]

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You Have More Vacation Days Than You Think (5 Supersize Tips)

5 Ways Supersize Vacation Benefits

Have you calculated your vacation days and realized it just isn’t enough? Do you travel a lot for business, expect to start a family soon, or desire a more flexible schedule? These 5 time off maximizing tips are here to help you go beyond these common vacation limitations. Earning time off flexibility requires that you talk to people, ask […]

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Join the Movement to “Take Back Your Time”

Infographic Take-Back-Your-Time Vacations

VacationCounts isn’t the only voice online that encourages Americans to take all of their vacation days each year. Back in 2002, the non-profit “Take Back Your Time” was launched as a way to fight back against the epidemic of too much work and too little free time. Besides guaranteed vacation benefits, they also push for paid […]

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How to Track Your Vacation and Holiday Benefits by Spreadsheet

Google Drive - Your Vacation Tracker Spreadsheet

Vacation quiz… Do you know how many vacations days you have taken and how many you have remaining this year? Will you earn bonus days for working weekends, traveling for business, or overtime hours? Do you have floating holidays or personal days to track? How about documenting company paid holidays or forced closures? Learn how […]

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USA Holiday Calendar for 2015 Vacation Planning

US Holiday Vacation Calendar

Mark your calendars with all your official company holidays for 2015!  This list represents the most common holidays offered to U.S. employees, but of course your actual holidays will vary.  Consult your official list and check off the ones that you can use to schedule vacations this year. As you know on VacationCounts.com we encourage […]

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7 Job Search Tips for the Ultimate Work-Life-Vacation Balance

Work-Life Balance Twitter Search

Work-life balance benefits vary greatly from employer to employer. You want to win a job that moves your career forward and hopefully pays more money, but what about time off benefits and flexibility? There are no work-life balance standards either by law or by industry in the US. That makes it difficult to determine if […]

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10 Google Employee Perks to Save Money and Take More Vacations

Vacation Benefits at Google (Office Photo)

Taking more vacation time off from work means using your paid vacation days plus taking advantage of employee perks. What employee perks am I talking about? Buzzfeed lists 20 companies around the U.S. with amazing perks. This blog post uses Google Inc. as an example since they are well-known to offer a very generous benefits […]

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When I Want to Use a Sick Day as a Vacation Day

Should I Call In Sick Today Question

Wouldn’t it be lovely to call in sick and take a vacation day? Maybe you are running out of accrued vacation days and feel burned out from working so hard (we’ve all been there!). Or maybe you feel that it is unfair that you never get sick. What I mean is… why should your co-workers […]

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