For many people, there will come a point in their professional career that they require a leave of absence from work. While taking off a few days or a week for sickness or vacation is commonplace, taking off more time than this to recover from a medical procedure or for personal or family reasons usually require a bit more both on your part and on the part of your employer. So to ensure that you’re able to take this time off and come back to your job when you’re ready, here are three tips for taking a leave of absence from your work.
Ask Your Boss In The Right Way
Broaching this subject with your boss might seem a bit scary or uncomfortable for you. But if you want to keep your job and need this time off, it’s important that you talk to your boss about this absence in the right way. According to Susannah Snider, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, you’re going to want to do a little research before you speak with your boss. First, find out what your rights are legally about getting extended time off. This will help you be prepared for the conversation. Once you’re actually speaking with your boss, you should get your proposal or decision in writing so that each party knows exactly what’s going on and what’s expected in the future.
Make The Transition As Easy As Possible
Once you’ve gotten the approval for your time off, it should then be your top priority to prepare your boss, coworkers, or clients for your departure. According to Alison Doyle, a contributor to The Balance Careers, you should try to get caught up on all your work before you leave. If you can, working ahead can often be beneficial, too. And prior your last day before you take your leave, speak with those who will be covering for you about plans for their workflow, any information they’ll need from you, and if you’ll be available to answer questions while you’re out of the office.
Keep Your Employer In The Loop About Your Return Date
In most situations, people generally know when they’ll be able to come back to work after taking a leave of absence. Even if you aren’t sure about the exact date, Caroline Rodriguez, a contributor to IdeallistCareers.org, recommends that you should give your boss as much information as you possibly can about your return date. And to help ensure that you’re able to transition back into work effectively, it’s also a good idea to keep your employer in the loop about changes in that date as soon as you know them, whether you’ll be returning sooner than you thought or if you won’t be able to be back when you initially planned.
If you’ll soon be needing to take a leave of absence from work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this.