At Aptible, we are excited to offer an Open Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy. This means that we do not have an accrual or tenure-based system, in favor of maximizing freedom and flexibility.
We believe that every member of the Aptible Team should feel fully empowered to take the time they need to care for themselves, their families, and the things that are most important to them. We also know that studies have tied taking PTO to increased open communication and learning on teams, improvements in creativity and product quality, and a higher likelihood of professional growth.
The United States is the only country within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 37 countries that works to establish international, evidence-based norms on topics such as economics to “foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all”, that doesn’t guarantee paid time off for employees (No Vacation Nation Revised, p. 5). Even when paid time off is offered by employers, it is vastly underutilized. 55% of US employees are not using all of the time off available to them and, since 2000, we have seen an unprecedented decline in PTO usage by US employees. In 2018, Americans took 14% fewer days off than the average number of days taken off between 1978 and 2000.
Please note that we see this policy as a starting point and plan to re-evaluate this policy yearly, within the context of the resources we have and the pressures we face as a company to succeed in our market environment.
Should you have any feedback or questions about this policy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Leadership Team. We’re here with open ears and open doors.
Aptible provides employees with 10+ company-wide holidays per year. TriNet maintains the official list of Aptible Company Holidays, the list below is reproduced for convenience; when in doubt, defer to the TriNet list.
(NB: if your role involves necessary business functions, your manager will work with you to clarify scope of responsibility on these holidays).
We know that this is not a comprehensive list of holidays and we celebrate the fact that members of the Aptible Team come from a variety of backgrounds. We encourage you to take time off for any holidays that are of cultural, national, religious, or personal importance to you.
We use a PTO Tool to help us communicate clearly about and prepare for time out of the office.
Please update your Gmail to send out an autoresponder during the time you are OOO. You can find a handful of OOO templates here.
We believe that taking real, planned vacations is important — Aptible’s long-term goals are aligned with your well-being. The results you produce are more important to us than the hours you spend at your desk.
We understand that we’ll all need to take time off for matters of personal importance. For example, employees at Aptible have taken Personal Days to tend to their mental health, care for a loved one, move apartments, etc.
At Aptible, we praise focus, seek leverage, and plan our work to make the biggest impact with the least amount of precious time. Health is leverage. It will take years to reach our most ambitious goals, so we aim to perform at a high level over a long period of time.
If you have a serious health condition that impedes your ability to perform your job, please let your Manager know as soon as possible, so we can develop a plan to support you. As part of our benefits plan in TriNet, you may have elected to receive Short-Term and/or Long-Term Disability Coverage. Further information on these elections can be found in Chapter 18 of the Benefits Guidebook in TriNet.
If you need to care for a loved one with a serious health condition, please let your Manager know as soon as possible, so we can develop a plan to support you.
At Aptible, we are excited to offer Paid Parental Leave of 14 Weeks at 100% Base Pay. We believe that every member of the Aptible Team deserves fulfilling work and close family ties — and that you should feel fully empowered to take care of your family and yourself. See the Aptible Parental Leave Policy for more details.