my full time guy gets $12 an hour. i figure between wc, payroll service, matching taxes, etc etc, he costs us around $15 an hour. he's well worth it. but it's gonna cost us more soon enough. i want to make it a worthwhile position for my employees so they stick around for many years. i plan to add a week of paid vacation, and a couple paid sick/personal days. when i worked at the printers, we were encouraged to take our vacation/personal time during the slow season. this was not popular amoung the employees. in our line of work, we have about a 9 month work season, how would i encourage the employees to take vacation time? during the off season? during july/aug when things are hot and not growing? do any of you give vacation/personal time, and how do you go about scheduling this?