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Work/Life Balance

How can someone earn a good living in a meaningful career while also enjoying family life, outdoor recreation, and other pursuits? Many State of Utah employees believe they have found the way to achieve a balance between their work and non-work lives. The following are three aspects of many State jobs that allow state employees to achieve this.

Overtime Demands

While State employees may be required to work overtime, overtime requirements are not generally an ongoing aspect of State of Utah jobs. Most state employees work a regular Monday-Friday, morning through afternoon schedule, except employees who work in institutional settings and some who work in public-safety related jobs.

Holiday, Vacation & Sick Leave

State employees who receive benefits also receive pay for time not worked under the State’s holiday, vacation and sick leave policies.

Holiday Leave: State employees receive holiday leave pay for the following eleven federal and state holidays:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Pioneer Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans’ Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

If an employee is required to work on a holiday, the employee accrues eight hours of leave to be used on another date.

Vacation Leave: State employees earn vacation leave (we call it annual leave) based on their years of service. New employees will start accruing four hours of annual leave each pay period. The accrual rate will increase to a max of seven hours per pay period depending on years of service.

The pay period is a two-week period of which there are 26 per year; therefore, a new benefitted employee accrues 104 (4 x 26) hours of annual leave per year. While taking annual leave use must be pre-approved by an employee’s supervisor, the employee may be able to use it as soon after it is awarded on the employee’s pay records.

Sick Leave: In a similar manner as annual leave, all benefitted state employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay period, which employees can use when they themselves are ill, or to care for an ill spouse, child, or parent who resides in their home. Sick leave may also be used for preventative care, such as dental exams, cancer screenings, physical exams, and well-baby care.

Many full-time State of Utah employees enjoy flexible start and end times; and some state agencies permit their employees to “flex” a day during the week, such as by working four ten-hour shifts and taking Friday’s off. All such flexible work schedule arrangements require supervisory approval.

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