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Though people might think changing work attitudes are driving employees to take more paid time off, the opposite is actually true, according to new research from PTO platform Sorbet. According to a press release, their study, which was based on a survey of 1345 U.S. employees, suggested that 55% of PTO was left unused this year, versus about 28% before the pandemic. Moreover, what PTO was used wasn’t used equitably: men were granted 10% more PTO than female colleagues and were 33% more likely to use their PTO, according to Sorbet’s data.

Some of this could be due to relationships between employees and their managers. Around 24% of employees don’t feel comfortable asking their managers for PTO, the survey finds.

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