Have you been in this situation…
The holidays are coming up. You want to take a few extra days off to spend time with your family, who you rarely get to see. You’re secretly laughing at the thought of your coworkers being trapped in their cubicles while you enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
You ask your boss for a few days off and what does he say?
“Sorry, we have too much going on. We’ll need you here.”
Today, I want to help you use your vacation days without any pushback. You’ll even get something at the end of this post that can help you get an extra week or two of paid vacation using the same techniques my students use to get $43,000 raises.
But first, let’s look at how you can get your boss to say “Yes” when you ask for time off. Starting with a word-for-word script you can use when requesting vacation time — even if it’s during a “busy time” for your company.
Subject: Vacation request (October 2nd through October 6th)
I’d like to request vacation time from Monday, October 2nd, through Friday, October 6th because I’ll be taking a family vacation over those days.
While I’m gone, I’ll be reachable by email but not phone. I’ll be making sure that we have coverage in the support queue while I’m gone, and I’ll also be distributing a playbook to my team so it’s clear who owns which issues.
Is this OK?
Now, what makes this so effective?
To answer that, let’s look at this email from your boss’s perspective.
What reasons might he have to decline your request?
- He’s worried a project you’re working on won’t get done while you’re gone
- He doesn’t want your workload to wind up on his desk
- He doesn’t want to run around reassigning your tasks to other people
Now let’s see how this email overcomes these objections and gets him to say “Yes” to your request.
First, it opens with a friendly tone. Saying “I would like” is a much softer request than stating “I request” or “I’m taking this time off.”
Second, the word “because” is strategically chosen as it increases compliance. Saying “because” and giving your boss a reason for the time off (no matter what the reason is) makes it more likely he or she will say yes.
Third, remember how your boss was worried your work wouldn’t get done? Well in that last section you ease that concern by showing him you’ve already thought about that. You’ve even gone the extra mile to ensure any projects you’re working on still get finished on time.
Finally, be sure to send the email weeks — even months — in advance. It’s far easier for your boss to say “Yes” when he has plenty of time to plan around your absence.
To recap here’s how to ask for vacation days:
- Send a vacation request email weeks in advance.
- Be friendly.
- Be sure to use the word “because” when explaining your reasons.
- Ease any concerns about finishing your projects on time.
The 80/20 Guide To Finding A Job You Love
When it comes to finding a dream job, most of us ask all the wrong questions. You could have the perfect resume, but if you’re submitting it through Monster.com, you’re still competing with thousands of other people with outstanding resumes.
- How can you shortcut the entire job hunt?
- How can you find out what you love — and then find jobs that let you do just that?
- And how do you get paid what you deserve?
I decided to go in-depth and share detailed strategies, mindsets, and stories about how to short-circuit the process that so many people waste time on. And like the rest of the material on IWT, it’s been tested, refined, and optimized before it ever saw the light of day.
Though this is premium material that I could charge for, I’m making it available to you free because I want you to start thinking about how to apply IWT principles to your search for a dream job. And I know you can find one — even in this economy — in the next few months. It’s eminently possible.
Now, get the full 46-minute video…I think you’ll enjoy it.