It’s coming up to summertime and vacations are being requested, but what do you do when you just started a new job? Perhaps you have a yearly summer beach vacation you take with your family and need the time off. You don’t have to abandon your travel plans because you’re a new employee. Here we will break down the appropriate way on how to go about items like this.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that the best advice is to always ask before you start a new job if it would be a problem or bring it up when they offer you a job. That way certain steps can be taken to get the time off approved and stand in good favor with your manager or your human resources manager. Needless to say it’s easier doing it at that moment rather than bringing it up two weeks before you take your vacation. Communication is the key factor and your manager will be appreciative if you did it sooner rather than later.
EMPLOYEE 3-6 MONTHS IN
Because most organizations use a lean staffing plan, every time a worker is away from work it is missed. You will have a harder time getting time off that way, especially if you ask at the last minute.
At this point if you’ve been at your new job for 3-6 months, by now you’ve probably accrued some PTO time and possibly have already passed probation. Once you’ve gained some hours it is more acceptable and polite to ask for a day off here and there or ask about your vacation plans. Most of the time if you have some PTO, they will approve your vacation and allow you to use the time you have on the books and then take unpaid leave for the rest of your vacation.
IMPORTANT ITEMS TO KNOW
Due to federal law, employers are not required to provide PTO, sick leave or allow breaks for holidays. But, private-sector employers do normally offer these perks for their employees. Sometimes, depending on the business, they offer their employees unlimited vacation as a company wide benefit instead of the normally 2 weeks off a year. Or, they can even say no PTO at all.
Most companies set policies in place on PTO about the number of days you can take off consecutively in a row for vacation. Meaning, they may only let you take off five days in a row as part of your employee handbook states. Of course, there are always special circumstances that can allow more time off or flexibility in those requests.
HOW TO ASK FOR TIME OFF
- Plan the best time to ask your boss
- Look at the company calendar
- Request time off in writing
- Discuss your request with your manager
- Schedule your time in advance whenever possible
- Don’t make plans before you receive permission
Do not hesitate to ask for a leave of absence no matter what the circumstances are. Taking time off from work increases productivity, creativity, and mental and physical health, according to studies. We encourage vacations, as long as it’s done appropriately and works for both parties.