Everyone needs a break now and then, but many employees are afraid to ask for time off. While there are never any guarantees, following a few simple tips can help to make it more likely that your request will be granted. Here are some tips for asking for time off.
Choose Your Timing
Don’t be the person who tries to plan a vacation during the busiest part of the year. Every business has natural ebbs and flows, and you’re more likely to be granted time off during a lull in business volume.
It’s equally important to decide when to ask. Don’t approach your boss in the middle of a crisis, or when she’s busy trying to wrap up year-end reports. Choose a time when your supervisor is likely to be relaxed and in a good mood. And don’t wait until the last minute. As soon as you start thinking about planning a vacation or event, go ahead and talk to your boss.
Put It in Writing
Bosses are busy people, and it’s possible that yours could overlook or forget a verbal request. Send your vacation request to your manager by email and, once she approves it, forward a copy to your team lead or anyone else who should be kept in the loop.
Before your vacation, catch up on any outstanding projects. Tell your clients and customers you’ll be gone, and put them in touch with whoever will be covering for you. Meet with your coworkers to make sure they’re up to speed on anything they might need to handle while you’re gone and remind your boss of your plans a few days before you leave.
Share the Wealth
Even if vacation requests are granted by seniority and you happen to be the most senior employee, play fair. Everyone wants a chance to take time off during the holidays or over the summer. Once a year, get together with your coworkers to figure out a vacation schedule that works for everyone. When someone new comes on board, add that person to the group schedule.
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