NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Suppose a co-worker offered to sell you some of his vacation time or purchase some of your day's off? A new survey says more companies are approaching vacations differently.
A soon to be released Society for Human Resource Management survey says more employers are approaching vacations differently. The study found nine percent of of reported companies are giving their employees the option of buying extra vacation time from a fellow employee or selling theirs.
"I get 10 days which I believe is the minimum. I wish it was more," said David Grant of South Hadley in Northampton on Saturday morning.
"I usually got a week when I was working for Valvoline; a week a year," said Morgan Brunelle of
How does it work? Let's say you're strapped for cash and have vacation days to spare; you can sell them.
"I like to go away, travel abroad. So having more vacation time would be better for me. But I probably wouldn't sell. I wouldn't sell my vacation," said Morgan Brunelle.
Or if you need more time off, you can buy days from a co-worker. Some say they don't find the idea appealing, given our culture of overworked Americans.
"I don't find it attractive because I feel everybody needs some kind of rest, even if you think you're superwoman or superman. You need rest, I mean we are human, we're not superhuman," said Leslie Prieto of West Springfield.
Seven out of 10 employers reported to allowing workers to donate vacation time to a general pool; which can be used by others.
"Sounds like a hustle. It sounds like companies are not giving possibly the people who need vacation or time away from work, enough time. The time they need to recharge themselves to come back in. So, basically there's always somebody working," said Akara Allen of Northampton.
The survey also found that employees in one of out 10 companies can cash-out on unused vacation time.