Discussion Thread

  • 1.  Ways to Use Vacation Time

    Posted 08-31-2020 08:45 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Given the current situation, many professionals are finding themselves with an abundance of accrued vacation time but nothing to spend it on.
    Being that many companies do not roll over all their vacation time;

    What are some creative ways to use your vacation?

    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Junior Engineer
    Brooklyn NY

  • 2.  RE: Ways to Use Vacation Time

    Posted 09-01-2020 12:48 PM
    If your company has a PTO donation program you can donate some PTO to a coworker that is only able to work part time or had to take two weeks off because of a positive COVID test.

    Dustin Leduc A.M.ASCE
    Field Engineer
    Shakopee MN

  • 3.  RE: Ways to Use Vacation Time

    Posted 09-02-2020 07:59 AM
    I think short vacations are still great for mental break and recharge. I would go hiking or camping a few days during the week to avoid the crowds

    Tung Nguyen, PhD
    Water Resources Engineer
    Sacramento, CA

  • 4.  RE: Ways to Use Vacation Time

    Posted 09-02-2020 09:43 AM
    You could use it for a volunteer opportunity.  Every town is different regarding what volunteer opportunities are available right now, but I know in my area Habitat for Humanity is back to building houses and always in need of volunteers.

    Nancy Streu EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer
    Muscatine Power & Water
    Muscatine IA

  • 5.  RE: Ways to Use Vacation Time

    Posted 09-08-2020 12:21 PM
    One idea would be to find a learning opportunity for a hobby and do that from home as a staycation. There are tons of options out there now for learning a new craft or skill through kits, subscriptions, video lessons, etc.

    This weekend I worked on catching up on some watercolor tutorials. If I had PTO that needed to be used, I might take a few days and dedicate them to watercolor.

    Heidi Wallace EI,P.E.,M.ASCE
    Tulsa OK