Will your boss grant you an extended leave to travel or to learn a new skill ?

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Negotiate Time off Work

You’d like to take time off work maybe to take on a fellowship, go on a long trip, or spend time with family but you don’t have the vacation days to cover the time away. How do you ask your boss for an extended leave to travel ? How can you find out if others in your company have done this before? Does the purpose of the break need to be work-related? What would make your case more appealing to your manager ?

Before you make the request, make sure you understand the value you bring to the organization. It’ll be easier to get people on board if they are keen to keep you. At the same time, if you are indispensable, they might be hesitant to let you step away. 

The term used to describe such a leave is “Sabbatical Leave“

◾️ What is Sabbatical Leave?

Sabbatical leave is an extended time away from work that is granted to an employee for varying purposes, including personal reasons, professional and academic career growth, learning new interview skills or some other siklls and even for travelling.

◾️ Is Sabbatical Leave paid or unpaid?

It varies from organisation to organisation. Some company offer paid sabbatical leave to travel , while others offer unpaid sabbatical leave to their employees.

◾️ Do all companies allow Sabbatical Leave to their employees?

Again, it varies from organisation to organisation. Some companies allow Sabbatical Leave to their employees upon fulfilment of certain criteria. Whereas, others still do not have any policy of allowing leave to travel or to learn new skills.

Companies that already have the policy of Sabbatical Leave in place subject to fulfilment of certain conditions include:

▪️Adobe
▪️Deloitte US
▪️PayPal 
▪️Starbucks 

◾️Should more companies allow Sabbatical Leave to their employees?

It is a win win situation for both employers and employees. Employers get to retain top performing candidates through such perks and employees come back from the leave with a renewed commitment towards the company.

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