Asking for Time Off the Right Way

Ever had a friend back out on you at the last minute?

I’m not going to lie; I was pretty bummed the other day when I heard one of my buddies was backing out of a summer trip we had been planning for the last couple of months.  After asking him about it, I found that the reason he couldn’t go is because he didn’t think it was appropriate to ask for time off since he just got hired for a new internship. I was a little upset, but I told him that I understood and that in the end I was happy for him….but then I got to thinking…

Did he even try to get the time off, or did he just assume that it was an inappropriate question to ask? For today’s blog I thought I would put together a few tips and tricks to keep in mind if you’re feeling nervous about asking for time off this summer.  As a young person, summer internships and jobs ARE absolutely crucial, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise all of your vacation plans. Sometimes all it takes is the right attitude and approach.

Check it out!


Early Bird Gets the Vacation

It might sound cliché, but when you ask for time off makes a huge difference. If you know you’re going to want a week off of work for you sister’s wedding in August, be sure to tell your boss as early as possible. This might even mean telling them the time you need off during the interview process. While you might feel uncomfortable bringing this up, it’s better to be upfront and honest.

Getting your request in as soon as possible will greatly increase your odds of approval when asking for time away around holidays. Chances are many of your coworkers will try to do the same, so the earlier you get that request in the better! Think like Nike and JUST DO IT!

Be Ready to Compromise

Like many proposals in life you need to be ready to compromise.  While your office might not be able to give you two weeks in a row, they could afford to give you a week off in June and then one in August. If you are willing to be flexible, it will help your superiors to approve time off that is good for both you and the company. If you go in dealing in absolutes you could walk with nothing. After all, getting just one week off is better than getting completely turned down.

Get it Written Down

Let’s face it; your superiors probably have a lot on their minds. Sure, casually asking for time off as you walk out of the office on a Friday might be easy, but don’t count on your boss remembering to push the request through HR on Monday. It is always best to get these types of things written down. The last thing you want is to have to cancel on your friends a couple days before because your time off was never “officially” approved.

Cover Your Rear

If you are going to take time off, make sure your work is covered while you are gone. Even if this isn’t necessary, present an action plan to your boss. He/she might tell you to not worry about it, but in the end, it will show that you are truly committed to your position and the welfare of the business.

Until next time,