Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Taking time off

Well, that was a fine way to start my morning, this morning. I grab a coffee cup hanging on the cup hook and make my cup in the Keurig. As I'm stirring in my creamer there's a big bug floating in my coffee! Ewww! it must have been in the cup to begin with. So, I had to start over and I'm still creeped out.

Now, I'm trying to get caught up on the blogs I enjoy reading. I sent the cabinet lady an email about us picking up the cabinet today around noon. I guess it's stored at some shop they have, down the road from their showroom. Like dh said, if they won't make time to install it, with the headaches she's caused with this, going on 9 months now, they should at least deliver it to us. Haha, who are we kidding?! She at least did reply back to me fairly quickly and said that would be fine, just text or call her when we are en route (she's about half hour drive) and she'll meet us over at their shop.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I really need to start using up more of my PTO time off work. It's a catch 22 though. I take time off, I get behind, but a day or two here and there isn't too bad. I currently have 245 hours on the books. I have taken 17 days off so far this year. Just to keep up with what I earn each year I need to take off 27 days a year - and that doesn't even dip into the 245! I would like to leave 160 hours in reserve, 4 weeks, just for any long term illness that might come up. We get short term disability, but it's partial pay, at I think 60%.

But, mostly I feel like I just need to start taking it because I've earned it and because since I haven't gotten a raise in over 2 years, I might as well take my time off I've earned and work less days for awhile. I guess if I get behind, I get behind. Tentatively, I'm taking the last week in Sept off (if my friend comes to visit), the day before Thanksgiving, and Dec 22-31 (of which a couple of those days are paid holidays). That brings me up to taking 29 days for the year and only using 2 of what I have built up from previous years. I need to take more! LOL. I've got days off written down now for Sept, Nov and Dec. I just need to add 2-3 more and take a day off here and there in August and October, too. Ok, I just put in for a total of 14 days between now and the end of the year. That uses me up 31 days for the year, so 4 days of my carry forward days used up. Starting next year I'm going to be more mindful of scheduling days off throughout the year, so ,at a minimum, get what I earn for the year taken.

Speaking of my friend coming for about 5 days. The weather should be decent. DH and I will have to think of a few things to go and do with her while she's here, so she can see some of the area. One day probably just take her to town and show her around and drive over to the next town which has a big touristy gift shop and a big antique store. The small town on the other side of us has a neat used book store she would probably enjoy, too. Maybe take a drive to the bison range for the day, if they are still open. Other than just kind of driving around looking at scenery, there isn't a whole lot to do here, LOL. Probably take her into the city one day for window shopping. There's an elk foundation exhibit that is kind of neat, if she's interested in seeing that.

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  1. Maybe your friend would like sitting around on the patio watching the hummingbirds, too. The bison sound exciting.

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    1. yes, I think she'll be totally fine with doing that and just visiting, but we would like to add a bit of sight seeing, since she's never been to Montana before.

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  2. When I worked in HR I had a boss who was a workaholic. I have every respect for him but even coming in on Sundays (when I had two very young children at home) I couldn't keep up with him. That was a time when even though I wanted to go on leave I almost dreaded it too because I knew what would be waiting for me when I got back. It took me cracking up for him to finally realize I needed help - and then the guy they hired to help me needed an assistant too. So take that time that you are owed. Maybe they will then realize how much you do!

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    1. that's true, I hadn't thought about them realizing how much I do, especially since I hardly take any time off.

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  3. I think we accumulate off days for a reason. You do need to rest and take your mind off of work. However com┼čng back to a pile of work kind of kills the mood during the last few days of a vacation. Someone else should be taking over your duties while you're gone so that you will not come back to a huge pile of work. When I was managing teams, I always made sure the person on leave came back to a clean desktop except for a few unavoidable tasks.

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    1. some of my work gets done, but only like maybe 25%. There are daily requests (just varies by day) for purchase orders and invoicing to do and usually my boss will take care of those tasks while I'm out, but the rest, is all on me. I'm the only one who knows payroll, with our new system we use now, so I even have to work my days off around payroll twice a month.

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    2. with our company only 55 employees and I am the accounting dept, there isn't anyone in our company who could really take on my tasks while I'm out. My boss could do some, if she had to.

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  4. That's a lot of hours. Is it use it of loose it? If you were to leave that job would they pay you for the hours you haven't used?

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    1. technically we are allowed to accrue like our yearly amount plus one week, or something like that, but it's never enforced. I think I'm within that "rule". I now earn 216 hours a year (and have 245 accrued).They used to pay out any unused time, if someone left, but several years back the city we were located in made new "PTO" laws for sick and vacation time and we had to change our policy, so now it's not paid out. We used to have separate vacation and sick leave, now it's just one bucket of "PTO". When we used to have a new hire they'd get 2 weeks vacation plus 7 days sick leave a year. Now new hires only get 2 weeks PTO, in total.

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