You’re a mid-career professional coming to grips with deferred retirement, yet you want more time off now.
You’d like to take more trips or see your grandkids more often through the year—this year—but your employer’s vacation policy stymies your plans. What to do?
Most of what you read about vacation for Americans is not good. The United States has been labeled the “No-Vacation Nation.”
As a workforce, our vacation practices reflect paltry employer policies and the work culture that supports them. Millions of earned days go unused.
More than 120 other countries have laws entitling workers to paid time off. In the US, it’s all employer-driven. Until now.
Craft Your Own Vacation Leave Terms
Well, there’s no law yet, so it’s up to you to ASK for what you want. Let me guide you along the path to approval with a negotiation strategy.
Just as with flexible work, you can negotiate new work terms on an individual basis. Individual arrangements are more common than you might expect, but you won’t get an internal email announcing them!
Know the ABCs of asking for more vacation leave to match your terms.
A. First, have a clear understanding of what is a reasonable number of added weeks of vacation leave to request. You don’t want to blow your chances of getting approval with a way-out request. See Extra Vacation Negotiation Part A.
B. Then follow the most expedient path to approval. See Extra Vacation Negotiation Part B.
C. Finally, put it all together to make your request, positioning your boomer status as an advantage. See Extra Vacation Negotiation Part C.
More Vacation Memo Template
When you’re ready, use the More Vacation Memo Template to:
1. Request more vacation time without sounding like a slacker.
2. Highlight your many years of experience without sounding old.
3. Present your request confidently, but without sounding presumptuous.