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How does one go about writing a vacation request. I work in a small office but do not want to ask my boss directly for vacation. He will find a way to discouraging and making me feel guilty for taking vacation. I am employed here for 7 years I do not abuse sick days (must be extremely bed riden), and took an actual vacation for 7 days over 5 years ago. So want to ask with substance in my letter. Can u help.
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AnonymousHe will find a way to discouraging and making me feel guilty for taking vacation. I am employed here for 7 years I do not abuse sick days (must be extremely bed riden), and took an actual vacation for 7 days over 5 years ago.
Where are you writing from? Emotion: surprise In my country it would be illegal not to grant an employee their due holidays (on average, 20-30 working days per year), so the employer might got sued for that.
(But then, we wouldn't write vacation requests ... we would simply fill in a form or some cells in a spreadsheet.)
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It's impossible to answer this question without knowing what the requirements are where you work. Where I work, I shoot my boss and e-mail and tell him what dates I'm considering and ask if there's any issue with those dates, and he says no, and then I put them on the calendar and that's that.

Is it standard policy to write a letter? Who gets the letters? Who has to approve the time? If your company provides you with paid time off, then it's your right to take it, but no one in HR will approve the time off without approval from your boss on the timing. (What if three of your coworkers have already asked for and gotten the same week off?)

If your boss threatens your employment for taking your company-given paid time off, then you must let HR know. If he simply tries to make you feel guilty, then you've got to get past it.
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I am surprised that your job doesn't have a form in place that you simply fill out. If you do write a request - stick to the dates and times, don't give too much information; there's no need to inform them where you're going and why. If you have the time, you should take it!
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