4 Reasons PTO Is So Important — Especially for Women

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When was the last time you had a real vacation? Americans are notorious for leaving their paid time off (PTO) on the table, but it's a workplace benefit that should be used as often as possible. To learn more about why PTO matters, we spoke to Jodi Garg, the chief people officer at Deputy. Deputy is a company designed to help companies better manage shift-style workflows. 

"In the last few years, stress levels have increased for many people in and out of the workplace," Garg tells CircleAround. Here are four of the reasons PTO is so important, especially for women.

1Creates Healthy Work/Life Balance

It's important to take time for yourself to ensure you avoid burnout. This is especially true for women, who need relief from other aspects of their daily lives as well.

"Women often juggle responsibilities both at work and at home, leaving less time for them to recharge," Garg tells CircleAround. "Given this, PTO is crucial for them to balance their personal and professional lives." 

2Increased Productivity

Employees are often more productive after a little well-deserved rest and relaxation. "When employees have breaks from work to take care of their physical and mental well-being, employers benefit from a rested and productive workforce," Garg says. "Successful companies know that employees who use their time off are more productive, which is better for business."

3Builds Workplace Skills

While asking for time off may feel uncomfortable, depending on your workplace situation, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Being assertive and asking for what is rightfully yours is an important workplace skill everyone can master in time.

You'll also learn office management and organization. "When requesting time off, it is helpful to be prepared with coverage options showing you have thought about the impact on the business," Garg suggests. "This also enables you to enjoy the break without interruptions."

4You’re Entitled to It

"Remember that PTO is a benefit you have earned — be unapologetic when you use it," Garg says. Policies differ everywhere you go, but whether your vacation days roll over, or you have a set amount per year, if you don't use it, you'll lose it. 

The Bottom Line

Taking a well-deserved break is important for your career and mental health. Whether you are planning a dream vacation, or taking time for yourself, knowing the benefits of your paid time off policy will be valuable at any job you have.

Tags: Career, Employer, Self Care

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Katka Lapelosová

Katka is a writer from New York City, currently living in Belgrade, Serbia. See Full Bio

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