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Compensatory Off

Compensatory Off, also known as Comp Off, refers to additional time off given to employees in lieu of the extra hours they have worked beyond their normal working hours or during holidays. It is a way for employers to compensate employees for the additional time and effort they have put in beyond their regular working hours. 

Compensatory Off is an alternative to paying overtime wages to employees and is often used as a way to balance the needs of the organization with the needs of the employees. The rules and regulations governing Compensatory Off vary by country and by company policy.

What is compensatory off (comp off)?

Compensatory Off, also known as Comp Off, refers to additional time off given to employees in lieu of the extra hours they have worked beyond their normal working hours or during holidays.

When is compensatory off given?

Compensatory Off is given when employees work extra hours or during holidays. In many organizations, employees who work on weekends or public holidays are entitled to Comp Off.

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How is compensatory off different from overtime pay?

Overtime pay is an additional payment made to employees for the extra hours worked beyond their regular working hours, while Compensatory Off refers to additional time off given to employees in lieu of overtime pay.

Is compensatory off mandatory for employers to provide to employees?

It depends on the country's labor laws and the employment contract. In many countries, employers are required to provide Compensatory Off to employees who work beyond their regular working hours or during holidays.

Can employees choose when to take compensatory off?

Yes, employees can usually choose when to take their Compensatory Off, subject to the approval of their supervisor or manager. However, some organizations may have specific guidelines or policies that dictate when Compensatory Off can be taken.

Can compensatory off be accumulated?

Again, it depends on the company's policy and the country's labor laws. Some organizations allow employees to accumulate their Compensatory Off for a certain period, while others may require employees to take their Compensatory Off within a specific time frame.

Is compensatory off the same as leave?

No, Compensatory Off is not the same as left. Leave refers to the time off that employees are entitled to, such as annual leave, sick leave, or maternity/paternity leave, while Compensatory Off refers to additional time off given to employees in lieu of extra hours worked.

Can compensatory off be paid out?

Again, it depends on the company's policy and the country's labor laws. In some cases, employees may be allowed to cash out their Compensatory Off, while in other cases, Compensatory Off can only be taken as time off.

Employee pulse surveys:

These are short surveys that can be sent frequently to check what your employees think about an issue quickly. The survey comprises fewer questions (not more than 10) to get the information quickly. These can be administered at regular intervals (monthly/weekly/quarterly).

One-on-one meetings:

Having periodic, hour-long meetings for an informal chat with every team member is an excellent way to get a true sense of what’s happening with them. Since it is a safe and private conversation, it helps you get better details about an issue.

eNPS:

eNPS (employee Net Promoter score) is one of the simplest yet effective ways to assess your employee's opinion of your company. It includes one intriguing question that gauges loyalty. An example of eNPS questions include: How likely are you to recommend our company to others? Employees respond to the eNPS survey on a scale of 1-10, where 10 denotes they are ‘highly likely’ to recommend the company and 1 signifies they are ‘highly unlikely’ to recommend it.

Based on the responses, employees can be placed in three different categories:

  • Promoters
    Employees who have responded positively or agreed.
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    Employees who have reacted negatively or disagreed.
  • Passives
    Employees who have stayed neutral with their responses.

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