Types of PTO
There are different reasons why your employee would like to take time off from work, this ranges from sickness, vacation, maternity, bereavement, to personal time. If you do not follow the unlimited time-off policy, then it is intelligent to classify the number of days provided to your employee as time off into categories for accurate tracking. Allocation of the days for different reasons also become easy when categories are present, for example, if your country gives 180 days for maternity leave, it helps to bucket that inside the category maternity leave. This way no discrepancies and confusion will happen while your employees apply for time off and in the tracking process. So, what are the common types of PTO/ Leave that are probably best to have in an organization? Let's see.
The standard kind of leave provided to employees for them to avail when they are sick. Adding attachments is a common behavior associated with this type as sick leave sometime requires Medical Certificate by the organization.
A set number of days provided to employees for them to avail of vacation time when they want a couple of days for holidays or trips. It is usually set to avail in bulk and informed prior to the team.
Leave that is assigned to take for personal works of the employee like functions to attend, meet-ups and other personal works in their life.
A set of days that are commonly celebrated or recognized as public leave when is not officially granted by the company but is an optional day that the employee can use as time off. Usually, employees are allowed to avail a few days from the exhaustive list.
Leave that is allocated to the employees for them to avail during grieving periods like the death of a close person in their life.
Jury/ Military Leave
When an employee has a call of duty from the jury or the military, provisions are made for them to miss work to meet the obligations assigned by the jury/military without losing their financial support.
Maternity / Paternity Leave
Leave assigned to a woman/man for when they become mother/father respectively. Maternity leave is a long set of days that are supposed to be used in one go when a woman births. Paternity is commonly allowed to be split up and used by the new father as per his convenience.
Paid leave given to an employee to pursue education related to the current job.
A few days allocated for one financial year that can be used when all other leave types are used up, when not used, the leave day salary gets encashed with the year-end salary or as a bonus for the employee.
Paid leave provided to an employee while they are on their sabbatical that is a short period of time away from work, mostly 6 months to 1 year.