Getting plastic surgery done requires more than just coming up with the money for it. You’ll also need to take time off of work for recovery. If you experience post-surgery complications, then you’ll require even more time off of work.
So what’s the best way to go about asking your employer for time off? It can be hard to muster up the courage since you may be afraid of their answer. However, there are several strategies which may increase your chances of them approving your request.
First Read Your Vacation Policy
A lot of companies have strict policies when it comes to taking time off work. When you work with a small staff, it can be particularly risky to ask for time off due to staffing challenges. Asking at the last moment will make things even less likely to work in your favor.
The average employee is provided two weeks of paid vacation. This is usually weighed by how much time you’ve worked with your company. Your vacation time increases based on how many years you’ve accrued hours. Look into whether you may have saved up enough time which you haven’t used yet.
Choose The Best Time To Ask
Timing is everything when you ask for time off. It’s probably not a good idea to pop the question on your boss in the middle of a stressful time or a rigorous deadline.
Find a time when you think they’ll be receptive to your request. In addition to being the best time for your boss, make sure it’s a good time for the company. If times are difficult for the business as a whole, your answer will likely be a flat-out no.
Ask Months In Advance
The last thing a boss wants is a last minute time off request. If you want to increase your chances of them approving your time off request, give them plenty of time to plan their staffing accordingly.
In turn, they’ll be able to incorporate their projects into how many people they have on board. Hopefully, they’ll be able to time any major projects around your vacation time.
Submit A Request In Writing
Sometimes employees ask for a request verbally, which is accepted verbally. Sadly, months down the road their boss forgets about the conversation.
It’s in your best interest to keep a paper trail of your request to prove the date and time you submitted it. An email should be fine, although you can also submit a paper request as long as you have a copy.
Phrase Your Request Carefully
Some employees confuse requests with demands. Instead of announcing that you’re taking time off, ask politely if it would be possible.