I wish I could vote you up. I've been all around the world and have never encountered English spoken WITHOUT the distinction between 'a' and 'an'. I am baffled as to how the OP could possibly come to the conclusion that this is errant, and that it is ONLY Americans that do it. Makes me chuckle a bit, actually.
Well, some cops are given incentives to care:
"the FPS craze that's been going on since the days of Doom"
A 20 year "craze"?
I haven't worked for a company that actually has sick days in over a decade. Even salaried employees like myself have to use their vacation time if they get sick (how does that make sense?). Fortunately, I can work from home whenever I want but most others do not have that luxury.
I understand that many employers have made this move because people would abuse sick time, but if they implemented a system whereby employees could draw from their sick pool instead of vacation pool if they presented a doctor's note, I think that productivity overall would increase.
And the other one Dick Clark.
They are going to call one of the planets The Heff.
Must be nice. My former employers policy was graduated depending on how long you have been with the company. At 5 years, I was getting 12 days per year.
I enjoy my job. I have excellent co-workers that I enjoy spending time with.
I love spending time with my family and friends while camping, visiting museums, travelling, etc. more.
To each his own, but I only work so I can support my enjoying life with friends and family habit.
Thus the "runaway"....
I applaud you if you truly made the switch from Sick/Vacation to "Paid time off" to reward your employees (assuming the sum of the previous sick time and PTO pools equal the new single pool). The reality is that in the majority of cases, this decision has nothing to do with rewarding employees and everything to do with decreasing costs.
However, this does not decrease costs in the long run because now you have incentivized coming into work sick and infecting everyone else which results in a loss of productivity and morale.
Also, I apologize for the use of the term "incentivized"...too much time spent in board rooms.