In a perfect world, employers treat their employees like human beings whose live and health outside of the workplace matter as much as what goes on in the office. In that world, employees would work hard for you because they feel respected and valued, so everyone wins. In reality, too many employers treat their people like cattle and not humans, and in turn, their employees cut corners and stay home whenever they can. My vacation leave credits expire next month, so I requested 5 days off hoping to go home to my family and get some rest. This is what you get when you treat people like crap, employers – pay attention!