There's a person that's currently cheating life at your company. But it's not who you think.
--It's not the person who's stock options just vested (because the stock could tank);
--It's not the person who just signed the big deal (because you're only as good as your last month); and
--It's not you. Because life if complicated and s##t happens.
Most people take weeks of vacation, because let's face it, that's how we're trained. Gotta get to the beach. Gotta get to the mountains. Rentals only happen in week blocks in some of those nice places. I need a week to really unplug from this place.
Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal knows all of that is a lie. Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal has hacked life, and only takes PTO in one day increments - and the time requested is always on Friday or Monday.
Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal works 4 day weeks at least 25% of the time, and if life/family doesn't happen to them, they'll soon be running that percentage up to 33% of the weeks in a work year, because with greater seniority comes more PTO.
Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal is kicking your ass. If you manage Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal, you've admired the strategy. Some of you may have bristled at the approach.
Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal doesn't care. They're so locked into the strategy (having experienced all the benefits) they're going to make you change the policy to force them to take a week at a time. They're daring you, in a game of PTO chicken - because if you invoke that strategy for them, it's going to impact others who occasionally want to package the long weekend.
Most of you won't change your policy, because you'll look like a complete ass to the people who usually take a week but occasionally want to live the Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal lifestyle.
--Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal has fewer Mondays than you do.
--Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal really doesn't have a "hump day"
--Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal is fully committed to their rock and roll lifestyle.
The only thing that can stop Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal is marriage and the 2.5 kid FTEs that comes with matrimony. If/when that happens, it gets complicated. That's the future, though. Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal will worry about that when it comes.
I see you, Long Weekend PTO strategy Guy/Gal. Keep hacking life.