In many offices, making a holiday leave request isn’t as simple as stating the dates you want. For those situations, Harvard Business Review suggests offering up a couple of different options.
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If your office culture balks at holiday requests, it’s tough to broach the subject. To make that conversation easier, offering two plans gives your boss an option to choose, which makes the whole tone of the conversation better:
If it works for your family or others participating in your vacation, create an A plan and a B plan with a difference, for example, between length of vacation and particular dates, in order to give your manager some options. You might say, “My family is looking at two options to coordinate at my spouse’s firm and here in our company.”
You’re entitled to leave and shouldn’t be bullied out of it — but flexibility also helps.
Make It Easier for Your Boss to Say Yes to a Vacation Request [Harvard Business Review]