Survey Shows Regional Differences in Employee Paid Time Off

San Leandro, Calif. — Dec. 30

Cloud-based provider of HR services TriNet announced on Monday results of a recent survey that compares regional Paid Time Off, or PTO, usage trends for employees of small- to medium-sized businesses, or SMBs, in the United States, with the results showing clear regional variances.

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 cash-strapped employers in states that do not allow employers to zero out balances at the end of the year.

The PTO survey analyzed data of TriNet’s more than 8,000 customers in the U.S. The table below shows the top five and bottom five geographic regions ranked by average number of annual PTO-days taken per year:

“Top 5” — the regions with Most Annual Average Number of Days of PTO

Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, Calif. — 13.9

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va. — 12.0

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C. — 11.1

San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif. — 10.9

Denver-Boulder, Colo. — 10.6

“Bottom 5” — the regions with Least Annual Average Number of Days of PTO

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. — 2.9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. — 3.6

New York-Newark-Jersey City — 4.5

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. — 5.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla. — 5.7

Source: TriNet