My question: Does Penn have a similar program that would allow employees to donate leave time to some kind of pool, which co-workers with critical needs could access should their own time run out?
Although I realize setting up and maintaining such a system would require a great deal of administrative "care and feeding," I think that the benefits to those who could use the extra time off in a period of crisis would be tremendous. And while I know that the amount of paid time off we receive at the University is a major benefit for those who work here, I can't help but think there would be many among the community of employees at Penn who would give up a day or two each year to help someone who desperately needed it. I would consider it a privilege to be able to help out a colleague in this way.
I look forward to hearing if Penn has such a program in place, or would consider implementing one.
Rosemary Connors, Associate Director, Wharton Alumni Affairs
Ed. Note: Almanac was able to determine that there is no such policy now, but has not yet received a response to the proposal to consider one. K.C.G.
Volume 43 Number 19
January 28, 1997
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