People in Phoenix don't take off many days from work compared to the rest of the country, according to research.
TriNet, a national HR company, compared the paid time off of the more than 218,000 workers employed by its clients, to see which regions where workers took more or less time off last year.
The result -- there was only one area, around Sarasota, Florida, where workers take less time off than those in the Phoenix area.
The workers in Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale take off an average of 3.6 days a year, including both vacation days and sick days.
One caveat: This research doesn't include large corporations. According to some accompanying information from the company:
TriNet serves small and medium-size companies in a broad range of verticals such as biotech, consulting, financial services, food services, hospitality, not-for-profit, technology and many others, who recognize that top-quality employees are the most critical competitive asset.
Employees in New York, Atlanta, and Miami rounded out the bottom five for fewest days off.
The company found that employees in the Sacramento area had the most time off last year -- an average of 13.9 days (that's a full two weeks more than your average Phoenix worker).
The top five also included Washington D.C., Charlotte, San Diego, and Denver, respectively.
Here's the company's take on PTO (paid time off):
Employers should not ignore PTO usage, as usage rates can have implications on the health and happiness of employees as well as business performance. Not taking PTO can take a physical and emotional toll on workers, such that employers whose employees take little PTO run the risk of unhappy and unproductive workers. In contrast, well-rested and recharged employees may view their workplace more positively, and high employee morale undoubtedly has a positive impact on the workplace, company culture, and the bottom line. Moreover, the cash value of accrued PTO can be a detriment to a cash-strapped employer in states that do not allow employers to zero out balances at the end of the year.
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