How Your Leave Policy Can Be More Inclusive

February 6, 2023

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CEOs today are increasingly sensitive to creating more inclusive leave policies. Although you may concentrate more on engagement activities such as fancy corporate retreats, today’s employees are looking for more inclusivity. Note that nuclear families — consisting of a father, mother, and 2.2 biological children — don’t represent the typical American family structure. A study by Pew Research Center showed that only 46% of American households reflect this dynamic, which was once defined by almost all the society. Families are still evolving and new forms emerging, so companies should adjust to the modern American family.

To come up with a more inclusive leave policy, consider everyone’s needs and experiences. An inclusive policy also keeps your employees motivated and more productive at the workplace. Moreover, when you have a leave policy that creates a better work-life balance for your employees, they will return refreshed and motivated to work. We’ve come up with some tips to help you implement this goal.

Choose a Leave Policy That Has Your Employees Best Interests at Heart

As an employer, there are three leave policies to choose from, one with an unlimited number of leaves, a fixed number of days in a year, and another with a set number of leaves per week or month. To have a policy that strikes a balance between the company and employees’ best interests, listen to your employees to ensure that you have an inclusive policy.

Create Different Leave Categories

After understanding the leave policy that would work best for your employees, you will likely get mixed answers. As a result, creating different leave categories would go a long way in ensuring that all your employees’ interests are taken care of. Besides, an employee can decide to use their leave period for different reasons such as a vacation, maternity leave, sickness, or personal emergencies. Therefore, you can create different leave categories such as earned leaves and sick leaves. Having clear distinctions also helps track employees’ leaves and ensures that you are compliant with the labor laws.

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Carryover the Accrued Leave Days

Most state laws prohibit employers from carrying over employees’ vacation time if they have a reasonable time to use it. Still, most sick leave laws provide that an employee be allowed to carry over some sick leave in a new year. Therefore, you can have a combined policy to carry over accrued leave days consistent with the paid sick leave laws.

Have a More Flexible Leave Policy

You can also come up with a leave policy that is flexible enough for every employee. For instance, an employee who doesn’t use much of their sick leave can take more vacation, while another who has a large family will have a chance to receive pay while attending to their family medical issues. This also helps boost employees’ morale since they have additional flexibility, and they don’t have to justify the reason for use. Employees can even go on leave to avoid burnout using their sick leave days if they don’t actually need them.

Today’s employees want a more inclusive leave policy. Companies that adjust their existing policies will ensure that they attract new talent to fill available roles. This also ensures that every employee has the morale to work and is fully productive.

Last modified: February 6, 2023

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