With unused PTO an accounting liability, employers may need to get creative to urge their workers to take vacation this year.

While the COVID-19 crisis brought HR leaders many long-term challenges, one of the biggest short-term issues they’re now facing is how to convince employees to take a vacation. Employees typically use their paid time off to travel, but with travel bans and potential health risks, the typical use of PTO is no longer a viable option; employers have financial skin in the game, as unused PTO is considered an accounting liability.

Given that, HR leaders are looking at ways to encourage employees to take their paid time off now rather than waiting until travel becomes more readily available or during the holidays.