Be honest. Do you keep a spreadsheet of your holiday time? Even though the company holiday system tracks your time off and TOIL (time off in leiu)?
Everywhere I have ever gone where there is a holiday tracker (there are still companies that don’t have one), I see employees double entering. At first I thought it was a really sinister indication of complete and utter mistrust of management and the company trying to cheat employees out of their holiday time. How horrible to be working under such conditions!
However, this was happening so often, I started asking questions. I discovered it wasn’t (always) management, but it was ALWAYS the system. No one trusted the system.
“Wow!”, I thought to myself. “What an excellent opportunity – since everyone’s holiday tracking system was so bad, all I needed to do was build a good one and I could make a killing!” Yet, as I looked into it, I found out there are PLENTY of good holiday trackers out there. I mean really good!
So why the mistrust?
As I continued with my (very informal) investigation, I discovered most of these systems were implemented internally. It wasn’t the system it was the time and attention the company was willing to invest in a completely internally focused system – ones that don’t touch clients and don’t make money.