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6 Ways to Ask for a Summer Vacation

6 Ways to Ask for a Summer Vacation

Are you taking a break this summer?

Hamsa Ramesha | HRPeople

June 08, 2010

Feel like the four dreary walls of your cubicle are closing in on you? Time for a summer break! Whether it’s a relaxing cruise, an exotic island getaway, or a sandy beach adventure, it’s high time you got out of that lifeless cubicle and away from the dreariness of your nine-to-five office life.

Worried your workload will keep you from some summer fun? If you follow these practical dos and don’ts, you’ll find yourself out the door before you know it!

Dig out your swimsuit and grab that bottle of sunscreen! We’ll help you get around an overbearing boss, angry coworkers, and looming deadlines so you can get the sunshine you deserve.

1. Do Ask in Advance

The fastest way to get shot down when asking for time off is asking at the last minute. Your boss is a busy person, with a lot on their plate. Why not make their job easier, (and show how considerate and responsible you are) by asking weeks — or months — in advance? Not only are you doing yourself a favor, but your manager will appreciate the heads up and can plan accordingly. They’ll have the time to consider the request fairly … and you’ll have the added bonus of having plenty of time to try again if you’re denied.

2. Don’t Mention the Fun Factor

Just because you’re planning a vacation doesn’t mean you have to advertise it. Making a big deal of your upcoming trip might not just distract you from doing your work — it might even irritate your coworkers as well. Don’t act like you’ve started your vacation early! Nobody wants to hear you go on and on about your impending trip to the Bahamas when they’re going to be stuck at work.

3. Do Emphasize How Much You Deserve This Break

Vacations are statistically proven to boost employee productivity. For once, the math is on your side! When asking your manager for time off, point out how hard you’ve worked this year and be prepared to talk in detail about projects you’ve worked on, if necessary. If this is the first major vacation you’ve taken in a long time, don’t hesitate to mention it. By emphasizing your hard work thus far, your employer will realize the benefit of having you come back refreshed and recharged to do even more great work.

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