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Recently, the company my friend worked for changed its vacation policy from an accrual system to a PTO model in an effort to standardize its HR policies with the company it acquired. Under the accrual system employees were allotted a certain number of days to use for vacation, illness, or personal time. Even though he was given six sick days a year, he never used them. He might have considered taking one for a major dental procedure, but he would never have taken a day just because he was feeling under the weather. For those in supervisor positions at his company it was just not done, which meant that every year he lost six sick days.

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