I was talking with some friends from out-of-state the other day that work together. They work about 220 days a year if they use their personal days (I’m not counting random days off like those weird Monday holidays or winter breaks,) make about $46,000/year, and receive 40 personal/sick days each year as a part of their benefits.
They were excitedly discussing how one of their coworkers recently retired with 700 sick days and was awarded for it with $10,000 by their company. They were so delighted by it that I didn’t say anything, but my inner monologue was racing as I ran some numbers mentally.
Once I consulted a calculator, I found I was right in my concerns. This infographic shows what this man gave up by not utilizing the benefit of personal days that the company gave him as a part of his compensation. It’s depressing stuff.