This is going to sound straight selfish because it is, but this is why I do not donate leave, ever. First of all, I've never hit the use or lose ceiling. Second of all, if something like this happened, I think I would cry real tears. Those sad emails go right in the trash. I also think it would be different (maybe) if I knew the person. But maybe not, I don't like many of the people I work with enough to donate my leave to them!Ticked off right now.
Early this past fall, a coworker was having surgery and she asked me to donate some of my leave to her as she didn't have a lot and w/o donations, she wouldn't have gotten paid during the time she was out (I posted about it here). So I donated 32 hours to her. And a few other ppl donated also.
I always try to keep my leave balance as close as possible to my maximum number of accruable hours. I will only schedule vacation time off if I am going on an actual trip or if I am at the very top and will lose it. I had it so I had to take a day off every two weeks and was really loving that.
So when my coworker asked, I was at the top. I submitted my application and hunkered down to two months of not scheduling any vacation time (32 hrs = 4 days = 2 months of not taking off my beloved every other Fridays).
No one told me that the other ppl who had donated time were getting their leave balances hit first. My balance wasn't actually hit until three weeks ago. So the entire time I was eschewing my Fridays off and forcing myself to come in, I was actually losing 7.9 hours a pay period bc i was still at my leave ceiling and didn't know, ie., almost 32 hours.
So then it really did hit three weeks ago, taking another 32 hours out of my balance.
So I actually lost 64 hours of my vacation time trying to help this woman...who i barely even speak to. Nice I was really going thru a lot of stress these past few months and would have loved to have ejoyed those 32 hours of time off.
That was really nice of you to donate leave to her though.
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