Post # 1
I saw a post the other day of a bride complaining about having only 10 vacation days per year, which for me is so hard to imagine! I find that the American system is so strange! How can you get by with only 10 vacation days? And sick days, what’s that?? What do you do if you’re sick for a month?
In Germany we get 30 paid vacation days and unlimited sick days. Germany is also great because they let women and men split 14 months of paid maternity leave, and a woman can take up to three years off and still have her job.
Sometimes I think about moving and finding a job in the US (I am a citizen) but I’ve always worked in Europe, and I’m afraid I’m too used to their system!
How do you manage with so little vacation days? Do you think there’s hope for me to adapt?
Post # 3
10 days vacation and 5 sick days. it is very difficult.
Post # 4
i have 5 days of maternity leave, too, but i can only use them once all the sick and vaca days have been used up. so if your newborn gets sick, which they tend to do, you are completely stuck cos you have no days left.
Post # 5
@Mrs. Meowerson: Same
And it sucks.
You can ask for some unpaid time off, but you simply just dont take time off. Use lunches for Dr’s appts or weekends. Don’t vacation that much.
Post # 6
How do I manage? Ha! I complain 🙂
Post # 7
It is honestly horrible, my husband is Swedish and his family cannot believe my family has so little time off.
Post # 8
Yeah – it sucks but there really isn’t anything you can do about it. I get 10 vacation days and 5 sick days a year and that’s it.
Luckily, my jobs so far have been good about letting you go to doctor’s appointments and such during the work day without using sick/vacation time as long as your work still gets done. But Darling Husband and I can really take just one vacation a year (so that we still have some days around the holidays to use for seeing family).
If you need to be out for longer due to long-term illness or something, you just have to take unpaid time.
Post # 9
I started a post about this recently! I have 23 PTO days which are vacation and sick days combined. And that is NOT enough!! It’s awful to stress out so much about not being able to visit family or take a decent vacation every once in a while. And if I do get sick for a month, that’s all my time off for the year. We had to have a short honeymoon, not because we can’t afford a long one, but because we both didn’t have enough vacation days!!
Post # 10
When you’ve never had it that good I guess you don’t know what you’re missing. It sucks and I complain but what can you do? I’d love to have more but I’m not about to leave the country 🙂
Post # 11
@Lexsy: In the US, a lot of people lose their jobs if they are sick for an extended period of time. If you’re eligibile to receive extended time off due to an illness, it’s typically unpaid (and often limited to 12 weeks).
You get sick… so you can’t work… so you lose your job… and then you can’t afford health insurance… then you can’t see a doctor to continue treatment so you don’t get well… so you can’t get a new job… so you go into bankruptcy/ lose your house, etc.
There aren’t a lot of safety nets in place and a lot of people end up in debt. I could go on and on about the social injustices that abound in the US, but I’ll spare you the pages.
Changes are slowly occuring, but because individuals feel that freedom from government interference is of utmost importance (above anything else), a lot of people don’t want regulations added (e.g. extended maternity leave).
Post # 12
I’ve always worked in schools so I have to agree. The thought of taking away my vacation break that are beyond the avg 10 days freaks me out. But so many people do it so well! I guess like another Bee said, when you don’t know any differently you just do it!
Post # 13
wow, that’s great that you get so much time!! I do think that time off in the US is very job-specific though. Both my parents always had ample time off to do whatever they wanted (my mom was an aid at a public school and my dad worked for the local parks system). My Fiance is an accountant and I’m not sure how much time he gets off because he’s never used all of it. He can only roll over 10 days per year and so far since I met him, he’s lost days at the end of every year for not using enough of them. I am an attorney and work on a system of “reasonableness.” I don’t have a specific number of days I can take, I just have to get what I want approved by my boss. If I’m sick I don’t work. If I want to take a vacation I plan it around cases. I’ve never been denied time.
So do keep in mind that there are lots of jobs in the US that are very fair regarding time off, but it just isn’t the norm like it is in Germany 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
10 vacation days? I don’t really get any. 🙁
Post # 15
oh that’s the other thing- i can’t roll over any days and if i don’t use the days (which ha, never happens), i don’t get paid for them.
Post # 16
@Lexsy: That sounds lovely!
I have 3 sick days, 10 vacation days, and 4 paid holidays. Ick. I miss teaching with my summer vacation, spring vacation, etc. PLUS 10 sick/vacation days!