HUGE PTO CARRYOVERS SHOULD NOT BE A BADGE OF HONOR
Encouraging self-care to avoid burnout is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary for the retention of your best and brightest.
There was a time that having a huge PTO balance to roll over at the end of the year was considered a "badge of honor" by some. Let's be real, all of you fellow card carrying workaholics. Now is NOT that time. The stressors of the past few years are too great, and work has bled into our personal lives more than ever.
If you are a leader, have you checked your team's PTO balances? If there are individuals who have a healthy carry-over, encourage them to take some time off where they can truly turn off from work and focus on the things and people that matter in their lives. Preventing burnout is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary for the retention of your best and brightest.
The best way to encourage positive behaviors is to model positive behaviors. If you are like me (guilty as charged) who has found yourself at times burning the candle at both ends, take this as a gentle reminder to be sure you are practicing what you preach. Make peace with taking care of yourself, and accept that taking care of yourself is not showing weakness, but is actually a key to being a more effective leader.