A question that comes up often in conversations with people is whether or not companies should grant unpaid time off for workers who don’t have enough vacation time earned. My answer to this most of the time is yes.
Many companies don’t grant time off to employees until they have worked six months with a company. Often, employees have events like weddings, family trips, and college commitments that require additional time off outside the norm. By granting employees unpaid time off during these times, you can save your company a few dollars, allow your employee to feel like their time is valued, and create a commitment to your company that may currently be lacking.
In a world where spare time is sparse, granting an employee a half day off unpaid or even a couple hours off in the middle of the day can really show the difference between a loss of productivity and a loss of a long-term asset to the company. The short-term loss of having that employee available for a single day is completely offset by the value you have given in balancing that employee’s personal commitments from time to time.