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Tribune introduces 'discretionary time off'

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by deskslave, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Which will allow employees to take time off as and when required, but without a fixed amount of PTO accrued.

    Uh huh. Yep. Sure.

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    At a corporate level they find if there is no set time off, people tend not to take any vacations.

    It shifts from being an expectation to being perceived as making you look like you're not serious about your job.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    On the surface, I like this policy. If there wasn't so much (deserved) skepticism in the media companies these days, maybe others would.

    But the key is having a supervisor who gets it.
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I've always been willing to put in extra hours gratus and even extra days sometimes, but I take all the vacation, comp days and holidays I'm owed. My wife, who is not in journalism, never takes all the vacation she is due and usually works an hour or two per day on vacation.
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    "subject to the professional judgment and approval of their supervisor"

    There lies the rub. An employee has to hope they have a good relationship with their boss and/or they're not so incompetent that they are able to get along without the employee for a week.
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't be a problem for news siders. Nothing ever happens over there anyway.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Hey, even newssiders need a break from those 6 p.m. deadlines.
  8. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    Does this mean high school writers could disappear for the entire summer? As long as s/he notifies a supervisor at least two weeks in advance, of course.
  9. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure about this, but aren't "exempt employees" salaried (i.e., managerial) ones? If that's the case, doesn't seem that this policy would apply to line employees (e.g., reporters, etc.).
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Nice way to not have to pay out lump sum vacation totals when you leave the company ... or when they lay you off.

    It should be noted this is for salaried employees only.
  11. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    So you've never worked for the Tribune Co., I see.
  12. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Bingo. Also helps when said layoff time comes around to determine those who are "really dedicated team players" and those who could just as well work somewhere else.
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