Should You Get a Bonus for theLeap Year Extra Workday?

We’ve got 29 days this month because it’s a Leap Year.  And the 29th is a Saturday.  But if you’re on salary, you’ll still work an extra day for FREE this year.  Here’s why . . .

 

Even though the 29th is on a weekend, it throws off the whole calendar.  And the additional day still results in one extra workday in 2020.

 

In non-Leap Years, six out of seven days of the week happen 52 times, and one happens 53 times.  Like last year, there were 53 Tuesdays.

 

But in a Leap Year, TWO days occur 53 times.  And both of them happen to be workdays this time around.  We’ll have 53 Wednesdays and 53 Thursdays.

 

If you’re hourly, it doesn’t make a difference.  But salaried workers are effectively working one extra day UNPAID.

 

So, should they be compensated with some kind of bonus?  A new survey asked 10,000 people, and most of them said YES, they should.

 

59% of us think people on salary should be paid for the additional day of work.  22% said they shouldn’t, and 19% weren’t sure.

 

(Or here’s an alternative.  What about getting one extra vacation day?)

 

(YouGov / SHRM)