I'll be taking a week off for vacation, how far in advance should I inform my manager about this?

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    What did your boss say when you asked him? Jun 29, 2015 at 13:18
  • I haven't asked him yet. My question is about WHEN I should ask him. Jun 29, 2015 at 13:22
  • No I meant "What did he say when you asked him how far in advance you should ask for vacation?" Jun 29, 2015 at 13:23
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    possible duplicate of Is it in bad taste to take a week off a job I began only a month ago?
    – NotMe
    Jun 29, 2015 at 13:59
  • Note: usually you don't inform your boss that you are taking a week off, you ask him for a week off. In almost all legislations, the employer may deny your chosing (unless it is for reasons like wedding, a family member death/illness) etc., if it affects negatively the work schedule. So you should ask him ASAP so he could schedule production if necessary.
    – SJuan76
    Jun 29, 2015 at 15:33

2 Answers 2


As soon as you know it.

First reason, for your manager :

  • It helps your manager to organize the team planning, and to know in advance when there will be few people available in the team.

Second & third reasons, for you :

  • If many other colleagues have scheduled holidays at the same date, it's often the "first arrived, first served" rule. Telling him asap increase your chances to have vacation the week you want to. If he wants to plan something for you (training, meeting with a client or whatever...), he can also take your request on consideration, but only if you made the request before.

  • If you tell him soon, he will approve your vacation soon, and so you can reserve you hotel, plane whatever at the best price.

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    And ask for the time off before you make reservations if at all possible.
    – HLGEM
    Jun 29, 2015 at 13:35

This should be written in your employee handbook. If not, ask HR if your company has specific rules regarding it. Or just ask your manager right now.

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