Phoenix Workers Rarely Take Days Off From Work, According to Survey

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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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18 comments
TJ Georgitso
TJ Georgitso

All are very valid opinions. Sometimes the insanity is only originating from the person themselves and not the employer. We all have something to prove and most of the time it is to yourself, what ever the reason may be. Not much time left on this rock, self doubting, or just compulsion. Find what drives you and run head on into it like a pack of wild dogs. Yes, Megs I do need to learn to chill out. Luv ya. :-)

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

This is a right to work for less state and a right to fire for no cause.

John T. Trimble
John T. Trimble

Pfffft... im working extras shifts cuz of a fight at work... no I don't love my job but I made a commitment...

Angie Celestino
Angie Celestino

in Europe, employees get 35 days of vacation a year and they are forced to take it and that's probably why they are so much happier than Americans

Chuck Confusion Fsc
Chuck Confusion Fsc

Lol....no...it's bcuz a lot of greedy corperations give there employees pto yet when u do take time off, you're guilt tripped into not taking it with fears of being fired especially now that there's no unemployment anymore.. co's will be rubbing there money hungry mitts together

Jessie Garcia
Jessie Garcia

Right to work state, you might come back to unemployment...

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

~ the answer is found the post-2008 exploitive mantra: "No one is unexpendable!"

Krazy Bill
Krazy Bill

For a couple years i had an office job at a large factory in Phoenix. When i took a weeks vacation nobody did my work, when i returned i had to catch up. so i took 4-16 hour vacation times often for 2 years 'til i got back on the factory floor.

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

without credit cards and home equity loans (lol) phoenix would look like a bleached out version of libya.... pretty sure people have jobs there too.... actually scratch that... we have pretty girls that we uniformly raise like shit.... theres always room for a healthy romania'esque webcam industry here, cuz you know, morality and family values 'n stuff....

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

Wages do suck but even those who are making tons of money Are still not using vacation days. Know someone making well over $250k and it I frown upon for her to take time off. When it comes for the next promotion would would they choose? The one with no life who sacrificing his soul for the company or the one that takes 2 weeks off to see paris? She only in her late 20s. In her mind she does not want to "ruin a career" for two weeks of vacation. Same problem with employees in all levels. The retail worker making min. Wage can't use vacation time cause by time they come back they would be replaced. Hourly worker can't use time off cause usually it's unpaid.

Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw

It's worse than that it's a combination of both #1 & #2. Employees in Phoenix are very low paid and the employers don't give a crap about their employees.

Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown

Low PAY, can't afford a vacation = my final answer

Ev Wesson
Ev Wesson

Well said 1st post, well said...

Joe Downs
Joe Downs

Michelle Brown I'm pretty sure it's #1. Wages largely suck here compared to most states.

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

This is not something to be proud of. Either: 1. Employees in phoenix are so low paid that they can't afford to take time off. Or 2. Employers in phoenix don't give a crap about their employees that they force them to work nonstop. They created a culture that frowns upon employees taking time off from work even if using earned vacation days. I have been in both situation. Not pleasent. Employers should take time off from work using vacation time earned. Even if you can't afford to travel to Europe or Asia you can still go off the grid for 2 weeks in the wilderness of az. I can almost guarantee that you would come back a more compassion, harder worker. Your work performance could improve since you won't be so burnt out. Work to live. Not live to work. And work to make that goal not only realistic for you but for all.

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