Employees At Vidant Health Will Remember

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December 14th 2012 is a day that most employees at Vidant Health will remember. A reorganization of the employee benefits occurred that impacted nearly everyone in the organization. A key portion that was restructured was the annual leave policy. Specifically, the organization transitioned from providing separate banks of time for holiday, sick and vacation time to a pure paid time off (PTO) policy. This transition caused a reduction in the total number of days an employee would have access to take off each year. Additionally, the ability for an employee to have their sick bank paid out at retirement was going to be phased out over the next five years. The organization was becoming a Joint Employer over multiple regional hospitals each with a different structure for calculating and administering time away from work. My role was to present this information to groups of employees and answer questions. I was reminded of the scripture, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5, New King James Version). This was a difficult task, but sometimes in business without diligence and proactive change, sustainability is not possible. Job Satisfaction The first challenge I faced with this situation was dealing with the personal feelings that I had about the changes in the leave policies. It was my job and responsibility to present the information, however it was also affecting my personal time away

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