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Requesting time off on behalf of spouse for a surprise vacation Don't do it. I'll let Alison Green from Ask A Manager explain why this puts your spouse's manager in an uncomfortable position: From the manager’s perspective, I don’t know if he’s saving up his vacation time for something else, or whether the two of you are having problems and he’d rather ...


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If they knew this was going to take place, why would they tell you? OF COURSE you'd end up anxious and stressed out, as you are right now. These aren't people that you need to make any efforts to protect. They aren't your friends, because they don't seem concerned with throwing you and your hard-earned vacation under the bus. If I were you, I'd help your ...


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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? They've already paid you in terms of your "expenses" and given you extra time off, so I'd think there's no point other than to vent anger (which is a bad idea). How can I approach booking any future time off given that this could happen again? ...


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Is it rude to ask my boss if I can take the laptop with me to the vacation? I am not sure about rude (this is opinion based), but to request permission to use company equipment for strictly personal use would be un-professional. My advise to you is to not ask unless you are going to work extra hours or need one for after hours support. In addition, most ...


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Always use your vacation. Your boss not using his is idiotic. Most people who don't take vacation are actually scared that things might run more smoothly with them out. Take yours. Definitely don't set a precedent on not taking even some. It is your benefit and no one other than your boss will even notice that you worked through your vacation times. To ...


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Remind him that you won't have adequate phone coverage and/or a data plan. If he really expects you to be on call, then ask whether this on-call time will be covered by an overtime claim (since this is your personal time). From a personal perspective, answering quick texts/emails while I've been on vacation has been fine, but if your boss is up-front and ...


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You are entitled to take your holidays, so the issue is with coming to an acceptable timeframe for your holidays. If the manager will not give you time off, try asking him to provide you with dates where he will approve days off. If this doesn't lead to an acceptable answer, try asking for money in lieu of leave. Odds are that this won't be accepted, but ...


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Your main problem is a cultural one: you have vacation days (and your manager approves your requests to use them), but there is pressure from the people you work with not to take them. I am assuming this is a long-term trend, not just close to a critical deadline etc. If this cultural meme is particular to your team, one option is to look for an internal ...


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This will depend on the specific company culture. Some companies will absolutely use "unlimited vacation" as a vehicle to get people to take less vacation, while others will use it in the spirit of the policy and be generous so long as performance is good. Some may even allow it to be systematically abused. I think you may already know/suspect that and ...


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I guess I'm asking what I should do if he does deny it again, so I'll be ready. If I ask him right now, when we have this NEW high priority project, I'm expecting he will deny it again. Maybe he won't, but I'd like to see what other people would do in this situation in case he does. Put in the new request. If he approves, great! If he denies (or asks you ...


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You can most surely ask a question on this topic without looking unprofessional. Just ask "what is our company policy of using the work devices for personal purposes" instead of "can I install computer games on my work laptop". If you are expected to be informed about this topic already (e.g. via regular security trainings), then it's a different story, but ...


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Don’t panic Clean your desk. Optionally, complain to people in general about how messy people are. Get it set up the way you like it. Carry on working. This kind of thing can happen when you leave your desk for a while. It's not terribly professional of your co-workers to leave your desk like this, but spending a few minutes giving it a clean and ...


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How to address decline in productivity right before vacation? Short Answer: Suck it up, buttercup. To have a decline in productivity between long stretches with no break is normal. My advise to you going forward would be to take more frequent breaks, even if they are shorter ones like a 4 day weekend. Taking regular breaks off from work is very ...


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Cross training is critical. You can get buy-in from your boss by explaining how he currently has a single point of failure in the systems you support.


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Generally you don't act on third party information like this. It's unlikely these clowns are actually going to leave, they might be trying to stick it to you, not the company. For the plan to have most chance of success, they would just do it without informing anyone. So they're blowing off hot air hoping to stir something up to amuse themselves. In any ...


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How do I let them know I'm unhappy? I want to ask for them to allow a work from home day once a month, or give us a few extra vacation days. Idk. They took without giving and I kinda want to just leave but still would like to give them a chance to make it right? How to proceed. First, separate the "let them know I'm unhappy" from "permission to work ...


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If you like working for this company I would just let them know it is a deal breaker for you. The fact is, it wasn't a perk. Your work schedule is your job not a perk. So you were employed to work 4x10 and that changed to 5x8. They in effect changed the job that you thought you had. A lot of time when this happens it is negligible. Not so in your case. ...


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will it be unprofessional for me to be absent during those crucial initial meetings? Or what if our CEO organizes an important social/teambuilding event for all senior employees during my holidays? Should I try my best to attend those specific situations, e.g. come to the office on that day just for the client meeting, go to the social ...


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In my experience, it is a fairly common occurrence. Usually, but not always, people are careful to do this only when there is a genuine need for you to be there. You were asked to come in, so you could have responded with "I have unchangeable plans and I got permission to go then and we were aware of x, y, z at the time of the request." You could also ...


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Not sure if this can help now, but in future if somebody makes this requests again, laugh and say "good one!". With a bit of luck they'll be too embarrassed to say they're serious. If they are serious, frown, go still for a moment and look very thoughtful, warn them you won't be very sober for a lot of the time, then ask if you will get compensation for ...


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If the planned holiday is soon, then you can do it when negotiating your start date. You can cast it as "I have this trip planned; should I start after I get back or can we talk about my taking the time off?". If the planned holiday is some months away, but will occur before you will have accrued enough vacation time to take it, then bring it up when you'...


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Any boss should understand that things come up. The one week notice request doesn't appear to be written in stone. Just say you have a personal matter to attend to and request the time off you feel you need. Depending on your relationship with your boss, mentioning the break up isn't going to be a bad thing, but likely not needed.


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In the US, companies are under no federal1 obligation to provide any sort of paid vacation time. The concept of an employer paying you for time you're not actually working has many names and variations but these days people often use the umbrella term of "paid time-off" or PTO. The reason is that PTO often replaced the classic system of sick days and ...


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I'm going to steal @Erik's comment and say, yes, if you come back from vacation, and the first day of work makes you want to die, it's time to find a new job. Also, your boss (or whoever) is a jerk for messing up your workstation, even if he's left a parenthesized note. But really, who cares now that you're job hunting anyways, just consider it motivation. :...


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Answering my own question as encouraged by the site usage guides, and after considering all thoughtful advice: I'm telling my husband we need to take a trip out west to visit in-laws so that he can reserve the days off. He's good with my family so it won't be an issue. He also doesn't mind being lied to when intentions are pure, as in this situation. He ...


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What should I do? Not use them and effectively work for free? Use them. You receive them as compensation - you wouldn't turn around and give your company $2,000 a year of salary for no reason would you? This is what you effectively do when you burn vacation (calculate your total compensation per day, and figure out what you are paying the company for by ...


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Step 1 should be to try and identify the source of the burn-out. Step 2 should be to come up with a short-term remediation. Step 3 should be to come up with a long-term remediation. You mentioned that recent long holiday weekends hasn't been enough. It's possible that it's not time-off that's the issue but something different. (It's also possible that ...


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Just ask; you're often expected or even required to take a portion of your vacation days within the year you earn them (in the US/UK anyway). Asking for vacation 7 days after starting would be a little awkward. After 7 months, probably not. If you're concerned about how it looks, check with your boss that the time is okay. Check your department calendar ...


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Remind your boss that it's management's responsibility to plan for operational risks, including: proper vacation coverage disaster preparedness an employee gets hit by a bus and is incapacitated an employee wins the lottery and quits So, periodic vacations serve as practice for more dire circumstances, and should be part of good management routines (like ...


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Chris has a very good answer, but I would like to add my experence as working somewhere that made the transition from a traditional vacation policy to an unlimited one. Many people working through this transition had many of the same doubts you did. Are "unlimited" really unlimited? Or should I expect a fine print that says my maximum vacation days is ...


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