How To Take A Vacation Without Losing Your Job

Take a vacation without losing your job.Most experts preach the importance of taking a vacation. And there are plenty of studies showing it's good for your health, productivity and creativity.

But in America, most of us are limited to two weeks paid vacation. And most of us don't take even that in large part because we fear for our jobs, according to research.

Is that warranted? Unfortunately, it can be -- if you're not careful. Before you book your winter holiday vacation, take these precautions:

1. Don't go away during crunch periods.
Some bosses have blackout times for vacations because they can't afford to have employees away during their busy seasons. If you respect this, you will show loyalty and conscientiousness. If you have a family event, like a wedding, to attend, be sure to give your boss ample warning, so you and he can both plan how to handle your absence.

2. Don't go away too soon after you're hired.
Many companies don't allow new employees to take a vacation for the first six to eight months on the job. Even if your employer doesn't have that rule, it's not a good idea to be out of the office too much too soon. Prove your value before you go away. If you have a pre-planned vacation or special event booked months before your hiring, make sure to negotiate the time away before you start the job.

3. If budget cuts or layoffs are looming, take a long weekend instead. If your company is looking for ways to cut back, now is a good time to be seen and heard regularly on the job. If you're out of the office for a two-week stretch, or even a week, you could find yourself factored out of decision-making. It's important to be in the office and visible so that you're still in the mix and regarded as indispensable. And if times are really tough and all hands on deck are required to keep the organization afloat, then banking the days for when the business is more solvent could help you keep your job.

Yes, it's important to take the time off you have earned -- just plan for it wisely knowing the inner workings of your organization.

Are you planning to take a vacation soon? How is your employer handling vacation time in your office?

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Caroline Dowd-Higgins authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered® which showcases her savvy professional development advice. She speaks nationally on professional development topics and contributes to Huffington Post and More Magazine online. Dowd-Higgins hosts: Career Coach Caroline, a weekly broadcast heard nationally on CBS Radio, Tuesdays at 5pm ET and she is working on a special for Public Television on career and life empowerment for women. See more at CarolineDowdHiggins.com.

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Law Firm Connect

When you reside in a Right to perform scenario you can estimate being taken for any purpose . In these declares there is no rights for employees . Type of like a Republican heaven .

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February 04 2014 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laedbac1

This story presents the false notion that everyone works in an office. Not so. Most people work for a living and not in an office. Time off and a vacation are needed. If an employeer is abusive in that regard then report it. Get union representation to stop the harrasment.

November 27 2012 at 6:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Frank S. Pedigo

When you live in a Right to work state you can expect being fired for any reason . In these states there is no protections for workers . Kind of like a Republican paradise .

November 26 2012 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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