Do you give enough notice for annual leave?
  v9.0 Posted at 27/02/2018 11:16 AM by Tiago Araujo

#1 For Employers:

Give your employees a flexibility for small leave periods (say 1-3 days) and let it be 'auto-approved'. That means that employees will often take small periods of leave with little notice. However, this has big benefits for both employees and employers, as it removes the incentive for employees to lie and say they are 'sick' when they need time off with short notice.

#2 ​​For Employees:

Tell your managers and co-workers as soon as you know when you will be away. If you're planning to be away for any substantial amount of time (say 3 days or more), make sure you have told everyone who will need to know about 4 weeks in advance whenever possible. Most importantly, ensure that your clients are not left in a difficult position while you are gone.

Generally, people who need to know include:

  • Your managers 
  • Your current client 
  • Your close co-workers

Appointment tips:

  • Put your name in the subject of the appointment (so someone scanning the leave calendar can see who's away easily)
  • Add a brief description of why you're away (holiday, doctor, etc.)

[Appointment to: @SSWAbsence]

Hi SSW Absence,
I'm going to Brazil for 2 weeks on Monday... wish me luck :)

Thanks, Patricia

Figure: Bad Example - not enough notice for substantial leave

[Appointment to: @SSWAbsence]

Hi SSW Absence,
I want to book a ticket to go to Brazil for 2 weeks.
I'd like to leave in about 4 weeks. I will, of course, check with my client before I purchase my tickets.

Thanks, Patricia

Figure: Good Example - appropriate notice given
Figure: Did you give enough notice, or do we need to track you down?​

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