I've been working as a full-time programmer at my current company for about 3 years. Current policy is that full-time, hourly employees receive 1 hour of sick time and 1 hour of vacation time per 40-hour work week. Over the course of a year spent working full time, I'll accrue 6.5 sick days and 6.5 vacation days.
Every time I catch a cold, I burn through all of the sick and vacation hours I have saved up at that point, and usually still end up having to work the weekend to meet the full-time hour requirements. This alone indicates to me that the two sources of PTO combined is insufficient for sick time alone. Even carefully saving up PTO I am unable to save up enough time to take a vacation. Company policy also states that if I don't cover at least 35 hours in a given week (via working or PTO), I'm no longer eligible for health insurance benefits, which takes 6 months to become eligible for. Also, if I don't cover 39.75 hours in a week, I don't receive the PTO benefit for that week. I've been told that I won't actually lose the insurance if I can't make 35 hours because I'm sick, but it's not in writing anywhere.
I'm getting burned out.
According to this article, after 3 years it's reasonable for me to expect about 17-18 days of PTO.
How can I approach my boss to explain:
- I am getting burned out
- My PTO benefit is far below US average
- I haven't been able to take a vacation in the 3 years I've worked here
...and tactfully request more PTO?
I work in Utah, USA
Sick and vacation PTO are separate, and accrue by 2-week pay period rather than by year or by quarter. In a perfect year, I can expect to accrue no more than 52 hours of sick plus 52 hours of vacation PTO, for a grand total of 13 days. If an employee uses up all their sick PTO they are expected to use vacation PTO rather than come into work sick.
The company has less than 50 employees and contractors. It has been around for about 12 years and the owner/CEO still considers it a start-up. The company typically hires students in most departments, including Programming department.
My boss only has 1-on-1 meetings about twice a year, for performance reviews.
I don't take 13 days off for one illness, rather I get sick 2-3 times/year and also take time off here and there for doctor's appointments.
Salaried employees doing the exact same job receive 50% more PTO, and managers receive twice as much PTO as hourly employees. Of my co-workers who I know have taken a vacation, one took a month off unpaid when he graduated to travel, and the other is my boss.