Any successful development company has to be compiled of extremely hard workers, those that would code their fingers to the bone if asked. The trick to real success, however, isn’t asking them to do that, it’s creating an environment where they want to work hard, not one where they’re afraid not to. That’s why PTO has become so important to Neon Roots’ culture.
PTO (paid time off) has become increasingly popular with forward-thinking companies that see it as a progressive alternative to the traditional vacation plans that have been in place for decades. PTO rolls all vacation, sick, and personal days into one pool or PTO bank, allowing partners to takes days off as they need without having to give specific reasons why.
It’s something we’ve embraced wholeheartedly at Neon Roots for a number of reasons.
PTO has worked incredibly well at Neon Roots, but we go a step further. We’re a family, we’re friends, we want to know what each other are up to when they aren’t behind a computer. That’s why we have casual PTO reports from those that take scheduled days off. We even give a reward to the person each month that we all believe made best use of their time off.
We also have specialized PTO, where time is given for our crew to take place in activities together as a team. You can learn how we turned a paid day off into some inspired game creation in our post “Experiments In Excellence: The Results of Neon Roots’ GamingPTO.”
For us, PTO has decreased the amount of unscheduled days that are requested off, nearly eliminating that morning surprise where you learn last minute that a valuable team member won’t be working. It’s also reinforced our philosophy that people work hardest when they are allowed to work in ways that best suit their personalities.