Time Off Requests: You Can't Always Get What You Want!


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"I'm going to need you to come in tomorrow, mmmmmkay?" So said the character Bill Lumberg in the comedy film "Office Space". He was always pestering the employees for those TPS reports too, but that's another story for another day. When it comes to time-off requests there are a lot of things that must be considered. For example how much time-off have you earned? What's going on regarding the company activities calendar versus your requested days off? Where do you sit on the seniority ladder? These are just a few of the obstacles between you and getting time-off to attend your child's wedding or to see your all-time favorite band on their final farewell tour. Hopefully you have no such issues this year and may you NEVER hear denials like these...

It's crazy how bosses deny time-off requests ... A woman posted on Twitter that her boss recently denied her vacation request -- for her own wedding. That spurred a bunch of replies from people with similar stories, like:

  • Someone was told to "plan ahead next time" when requesting time for their grandmother's funeral.
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  • A bride-to-be couldn't take the day off before her wedding because she'd been out a few weeks earlier for a funeral.
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  • A mother whose infant died at 12 days old and who was on FMLA [Family and Medical Leave Act] got a call asking when work could put her back on the schedule.
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  • A nurse was denied the day off to testify in the trial of a man who'd tried to kill her.
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  • Someone couldn't go on her honeymoon.
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  • A person who had after-effects from a mini-stroke was ridiculed and had his hours cut.

If your department has a staffing shortage or big event on the calendar, and it's not an emergency, your boss might ask you to re-schedule your PTO. But if your request is legitimate and reasonable, and you're still getting flak, maybe it's time to consider how much your employer actually values you. (BuzzFeed)


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