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Does Your Construction Business Need a Paid Time Off Policy?

No matter how well you plan, there are always going to be times when an employee is sick or when another project takes longer than expected. What happens when the employee has used up all of their paid time off? If they haven’t been paid for those days yet, it could cause serious cash flow problems for the company. A paid time off policy can help you keep your cash flow healthy and helps your business retain loyal, key employees. 

Paid time off allows employees to take paid sick days when they’re ill, paid holidays for specific holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, paid leave when someone dies in the family, paid personal time when their child is born or when they get married.

To determine how many days an employee gets paid for, you will need to decide how many hours per year the employees typically work. It is a good idea to have a set number of paid time off days so that everyone in your construction company knows what to expect.

Example of a paid leave policy

  • Every employee receives 10 paid days per year at the end of each year based on hours worked. An average of 30 hours per week means four weeks per year of paid time off. 
  • Any paid time off days in excess of 10 days are paid out in cash at the end of the year.
  • An additional paid day off will be paid out upon perfect attendance for an entire year.
  • One paid sick day is given per month worked with a maximum of six paid sick days accrued at the end of the year. 
  • All employees receive three paid holidays per year.

This formula allows employees to receive paid time off when they need it, while still ensuring that there are enough paid sick days and paid holidays for everyone in order to maintain company morale and productivity. 

Paid Time Off for Construction Businesses: How much paid leave is enough?

construction workers discussing thingsWhen implementing paid time off for construction business be sure to consider the total number of paid days your employees work per year. This will allow you to determine how many paid time off days you should offer and if paid sick days, holidays, or bonuses should be included in your policy.

In addition, paid time off policies with paid sick days can also be used as a reward for good performance in order to keep confidence up and ensure steady productivity in the office and on-site.

When designing paid time off policies for construction companies, also remember that paid holidays are usually included in most paid time off plans (if they aren’t already required by law). Usually, three paid holidays per year are standard with paid vacations around four to six weeks at full pay.

Paid Time Off Allows Employers to Have Control Over Unplanned Absences 

working remotely from laptopThis is because paid time off policies allow for employees to use accrued paid time off whether they are sick, on vacation, or just need a day to finish up some personal business. The basic premise of the policy is that employees accrue paid time off for each hour they work.

Usually, one day per month is given as an example, so if an employee works 30 hours per week, they would receive four days of paid time off at the end of the year. In order for this system to be successful, there needs to be a set number of paid time-off days so that everyone in your construction company knows what to expect from their employer and themselves when it comes to paid time off.

You may want to have a paid time off policy that does not just cater to the employee but also takes into account paid sick days for family members as well, especially if your employees stay with their families when they are on vacation. In order for this system to be successful, there needs to be a set number of paid time-off days so that everyone in your company knows what to expect from their employer, despite the workaholic culture some companies promote.

This paid leave is usually accompanied by one or two weeks of paid holidays per year, depending on how many holidays a given country observes. There are those who believe that all employees should receive equal paid leave without favoritism based on seniority or any other factor, but paid time off can also be used as a reward for good performance.

Your Employees Prefer Paid Time Off

Many companies have implemented these policies to attract and retain the best employees possible. Employees want paid time off because they prefer it over not being able to take vacations at all because they cannot afford them. Paid time off allows employers to have control over unplanned absences and paid sick days to allow employees to take care of ill family members.

With paid time off policies, you can get paid for paid sick days when you are injured on the job, get paid vacation time when you get married, or have a child without worrying about taking unpaid time off. When an employee resigns or is fired, then they receive the balance of their paid time off or how many hours they accrued while working at your company. 

working from homeAs long as there are enough paid holiday days to cover the holidays that will pass while the worker is out on paid leave, everything should work well for both employer and employee. If there are not enough paid holiday days to cover all of the holidays in question, such as when a paid holiday falls on the paid leave, then the company is required to provide paid time off for the worker instead of paid holiday.

Some paid leave policies offer a bonus paid time off day or two for certain accomplishments, such as perfect attendance over a month, no more than one sick day per quarter, or perfect attendance for a year. You can also choose to have extra paid days off simply because you want your employees to have some breathing room from work. The more paid holidays and paid time off days you have in your company’s policy, the easier it will be to attract and retain good employees who will often receive better job offers from other companies with better benefits packages.

Final Remarks

In conclusion, having a paid time off policy can have many benefits for both the employer and the employee. The paid time off policy creates a level of consistency that your company can provide to its employees and gives them the opportunity to use paid leave in the future if needed. 

Such policies help keep your cash flow healthy and offer employees perks for their loyalty and consistent attendance. A paid-time-off policy offers a stable income stream as well as encouragement for workers to maintain high performance, which helps smooth out business operations in general.

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