I really want to take a few vacation days, but I’ve only worked at my job for a few months. What is the right way to ask my boss for some time off?
Great question, Greg! It can be a little scary to approach a supervisor to ask for some vacation time. Before you do, make sure you check any information you were given when you started working (employee packet, paperwork etc..), there may be information about their vacation policy and you will want to have those details before you talk to your boss.
If you know that one of your coworkers has been there for awhile, ask them how it all works. They may be able to give you tips like, “They like to know at least two weeks ahead of time what days you need off.” This will help give you some direction on how much notice is needed, and feelers on how your supervisor views taking time off.
Remember, your boss is human too and everyone needs a break once and awhile. Once you have the information on their policy and tips from coworkers, make time to approach your boss. Do this when he or she is not busy, you really don’t want to catch them while they are in the middle of a million other things! Sit down and explain your situation. You’ll want to do this in person so it doesn’t look like you’re trying to hide something.
Reasons to ask for time off
- Medical appointment
- Family reunion
Reasons not to ask for time off
- I think I will be sick
- I have another interview
- I have a bad feeling about that day
It can be scary, but by knowing as much as you can before your ask you will increase your chances of a favorable response. Remember, you are not the first person to ever ask for time off and you won’t be the last.