If you’re a working person, you’ve probably experienced the anxiety associated with applying for paid time off (PTO), and chances are you’re not alone.
In a recent videoTikToker told @allthingskal that the fear associated with applying for a PTO was something she was not prepared for in business.
“Because you know when you come back you’re going to get a ton of emails, people are going to need you because they can’t do their job when you’re gone,” @allthingskal said. “So why bother taking and using your PTO at all?”
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@allthingskal said it’s likely people will be forced to do one of two things: work while taking the PTO or be a “basket all the time and so your PTO time is ruined.”
In the comments section, @allthingskal revealed that she had left the corporate world “and never looked back”.
“The number of people who struggle with [PTO] is insane…Take your PTO and forget the rest!”
More than half of Americans, about 55%, do not use their full paid time off, according to the US Travel Association. In the US, it is not necessarily a requirement that jobs provide paid leave, under the Fair Labor Standards Actbut the PTO policy does vary by industry and how long an employee has worked at a particular job.
One person in the comments section argued that the fear surrounding PTO is why some people are “quietly quitting” their jobs, to which @allthingskal replied: “silently quitting is really just a fancy term for the job you were hired for and nothing more. Should always be the standard.”
Others in the comments said they were dealing with guilt about taking PTO.
“I’m struggling with this now. I just took two weeks off for my destination wedding and worry almost every day about how behind I will be,” said one commenter.
On the other hand, some just reiterated that a job where you can’t take time for yourself is not worth it.
“Girl, I don’t let work pressure me,” said another commenter. “It will be done when it is ready. I have enough stress outside of work lol. These jobs don’t care about us.”
The News All Day has reached out to @allthingskal via TikTok comment.