Requesting leave from your employer is an exciting time, as normally you have some fun, relaxing or challenging time away from work ahead of you (depending of course on how you like to spend your leisure time!). Depending on the relationships you have with your Manager and/or your employer’s leave policy, this can be daunting to ask as it may not be a sure yes and timing can be everything.
To help increase the chances of your leave being granted, here is some preparation you can do prior to asking:
- Determine the leave dates and number of leave days you will be taking
- Establish if you will have enough leave to cover the period of time (if not, how do you propose to go on leave? Use unpaid/flexible leave etc)
- Identify any role/business clashes that may impact on your ability to be granted leave and determine possible solutions for these (whether it is completely tasks earlier, working extra hours before you go, renegotiating deadlines, organising extra resources etc)
- Identify if any of your Manager and/or other team members have planned leave at the same time that may cause a problem (I was recently speaking to an employee who had their leave request refused as another member of their team had already planned leave at that time…. Therefore keep that in mind and get in early!)