I just received a Vacation Donation request from my company’s HR department. I’ve seen these requests before, and I’ve never donated any vacation hours. The whole idea of Vacation Donation sort of bugged me – but now I’m not sure what I think about them.
For those who don’t know, a Vacation Donation program (at least as my company runs it) lets “team members” donate their own vacation hours to a fellow team member who’s unable to come to work for an extended period of time for some reason. When a request goes out, we’re not allowed to know who’s making the request or what the reason is; it’s often medical, but not necessarily.
On the one hand, I guess this is a nice way for employees to be able to lend a hand to a coworker who’s down on his or her luck. You don’t have to front any cash; you just donate vacation time in 8-hour increments. (I think the recipient earns pay at their hourly rate, not the donor’s.)
On the other hand, I’ve always felt like this is a cheesy way for my employer to help out without donating much of their own resources.
I’ve never donated, and don’t really plan to – I pay for short- and long-term disability insurance, so I doubt I’d be in a position where it was necessary. But I’m wondering if other Dopers have had experience with similar programs, or what the popular feeling about these programs is.