Personal Day

26 Mar

Oh look, it’s Monday and I am not at work.

I am taking a “Personal Day.”

Doesn’t that sounds intriguing? “Personal Day”–what’s he up to?!

What is the difference between a “Personal Day” and a “Vacation Day”? At my company you can roll over up to 40 hours of vacation into January. If you don’t use your Personal Days, you lose them at the end of the year. Personal Days are something you earn separate from vacation. They are awarded to you after 1 year and then you get two more Personal Days after 5 years.

That’s really the only difference between a Vacation and a Personal Day.

I have been with my employer for 7 years. I now get the full compliment of paid time off: 120 hours of vacation and 6 personal days. We also get 48 hours of paid sick time.

I am taking a day off from work and I have somehow slipped into “New Hire Orientation” mode. Sorry.

Damn stream of consciousness…

All of this paid time off is a nice perk. Some jobs give you more. Some less. What a lot of folks take for granted is, there are no Federal laws requiring your employer to give you any paid time off. There is no state law mandating vacation time either. European countries have government mandated vacation time, not so the United States.

In 1910 President Taft suggested that working people would be more effective and energetic if they had 2 to 3 months of vacation a year. Nothing came of it, at least not legislatively.

I’ve always liked President Taft. Not that I remember him–I’m not that old. He is one of the Presidents named William. Two out of the four Presidents named William died in office (Harrison and McKinley). One of the Presidents named William (Clinton) was impeached, but was not removed from office. Him I do remember.

William Taft was the heaviest president ever. He weighed over 330 lbs. Of the Presidents named William, Taft is the only one to get stuck in the White House bathtub. He is also the only former President to go on to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which also means he is the only former President to have administered the Oath of Office to another President.

Why am I talking about William Howard Taft? Oh, paid vacations.

So, I am taking a Personal Day. One of the best things about a 3 day weekend is that you don’t get that little let down feeling on Sunday night. Or if you do, you go–“Oh, wait–I am off tomorrow!” and your brain does a happy dance.

Until Monday night…

But until then, I am going to try to make the most of my Personal Day.

Happy Monday.

2 Responses to “Personal Day”

  1. Pamela N Red March 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    An extra day off is always good. I had no idea a president got stuck in a bathtub. That’s funny.

  2. Mary Atwood March 27, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    At my place of employment they take personal days off of your sick leave. Seems wrpng to me, but then they didn’t ask me, did they?

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