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WORKPLACE / OCT. 13, 2014
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How to Ask Your Boss for Holiday Leave

Taking the step to ask your boss for holiday leave can be an unnerving task. However, most employers are professional and operate under fair practices. If you want to increase your chances of receiving a positive response to your request, there are simple steps that you can take. This article will address those four steps on how to ask your boss for holiday leave.

1. Plan Your Approach

One of the best starting points is to plan ahead at the beginning of the year and ascertain when you would like to take holiday leave. Remember that your coworkers will also be planning their holidays and you should get your request in as soon as possible to reserve your time off. Think about your specific workplace environment. Do you work with a colleague or other team members who cannot take leave at the same time? Plan your approach so that you get your request in quickly and that it does not coincide with the same dates that a team member is taking off.

2. Make an Assertive Request

You want to make certain that you follow the proper procedure when you make your request for holiday leave. If you don’t follow the proper channels, then you increase your chances of your employer not approving your request. Also, it is important to put any anxiety aside and make your request in a professional and assertive matter. Most companies offer holiday leave for employees. However, if your employer does not offer it, then you need to handle this procedure in a different manner and make an appeal for time off while backing up your request. If your boss has an assertive personality and makes others feel inferior, keep focused on your task and don’t allow fear to take over.

3. Be Available for Emergencies

This step depends on your current work environment and whether or not your role in the workplace is extremely vital to the day to day operation—and some tasks cannot be handled by another person. If you are in that type of situation, offer to be available for emergencies while you are on holiday. However, remember that you need to set boundaries while on holiday and you cannot be available all day long. You would need to set specific times that you’d be available. For example, you could be available in the morning or late afternoon. Another option is that you could offer to check in with your assistant at certain times during the holiday. It is quite possible, that your employer will completely understand your need for time off and agree that you won’t need to be contacted during the holiday.

4. Balance How You Share

This step pertains to making your travel plans known to fellow coworkers once you have received approval for the holiday leave. It is important for you to let your team members and colleagues know that you will be away. If you have a situation as mentioned in step # 3, they need to know how to reach you. You must find a balance in how you share the information. Rather than feeling self-conscious about your upcoming trip to Hawaii and the five star resort you’ll be staying at, don’t avoid sharing for fear of jealousy. However, find a way to share with colleagues without being insensitive to someone who may not be able to take time off or go on such a fabulous holiday. Also, when you return from the holiday, refrain from bragging but feel free to share with those who are interested in how your trip went. Remember that you should especially prepare the coworker who will be taking over your workload during your absence.

Asking your boss for holiday leave can be a simple task if you follow the procedures that have been implemented in your workplace. Remember to plan your approach well in advance and be professionally assertive when speaking to your boss. If needed, offer to be available for work emergencies. Also, balance the sharing of information regarding your next holiday.



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