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Oct 20, 201502:31 PMThe Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

How your PTO policy can help create a culture of health and wellbeing

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Employee health and wellbeing is a hot topic these days in workplaces across the nation. Ultimately, employers want their employees to be healthy, engaged, and productive. Not only does this make the workplace more pleasant, but it helps keep health care and employer costs down.

There are numerous aspects to consider when looking at employee’s health and wellbeing. Many companies have tackled it by implementing workplace wellness programs. These programs can be and have been successful, but it may be only one piece of the puzzle. Culture is often the missing piece.

Workplace culture is critical when considering employee health and wellbeing. Ultimately, you want to create a “culture of health and well-being.” So, what does that mean and how do you do it? How does an employer have an impact on the health and well-being of its individual employees?

How you package and deliver your PTO matters

One way to influence the company culture is to demonstrate that you value your employees and their personal needs through your paid time off (PTO) policies. Today’s employees face significant demands. Many are part of the ”sandwich generation” and are taking care of children and elderly parents in addition to their careers.

Paid time off can be defined in a variety of ways. Vacation, sick, and holiday tend to be the most common types of paid time off offered by employers. How these benefits are packaged and delivered may have the most impact on employees’ health and wellbeing.

Throughout my career, I have seen PTO packaged in a few different ways, and most often it encompasses vacation and sick time. Employers either offer one bucket that combines sick time with general PTO, or it is split into two different buckets of sick and general PTO (vacation).

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