Work is hard, and we all need a break sometimes. Whether you are hoping to plan an exciting vacation across the country, or even across the world, or you are just hoping for some downtime, you should consider whether or it is a good time to request time off. Even if you are facing a pressing issue at home, if your boss, or the situation, suggests that this would be a bad time to take off work, then you might need to rethink your plans.
Try to time your vacation or time off during a slower part of the year, and if possible, ask for the time off far in advance. You shouldn’t have to skip your vacation completely; if your job is that busy, it might be time to look for a new one. Still, there are certain situations in which you should avoid taking any time off.
1. If you just started your job
You should do your best to avoid asking for time off for the first three months of any new job, and if possible, wait longer. Many companies have a probationary period for their new employees (usually six months to a year), in which new employees must basically prove that they can do the job and that they are worth keeping on. Some companies have actual rules about how long you must wait to take vacation; many companies require at least three months. Even if you are allowed to take vacation after three months, if you can avoid it during your probationary period, you should do so in order to show your commitment to the job. If you are a temporary employee, you may not be able to get any time off, and it’s probably best to avoid asking.
If you have a trip planned, or require time off, and you know this fact before you start a new job, talk to your employer about it ahead of time; don’t wait until you are already working at the company. Most employers will understand if you had something planned ahead of time.