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Feeling super burnt out from covid/never leaving the house and 24/7 work. Was hoping to take 10 days off, but getting worried about coverage/optics when other people in my group tend to take between 5-7 days off. Anyone have any tips on managing workload/optics? FWIW, I’m a mid level who supports several seniors and partners, and handles other clients solo. I know taking the time is better for my mental health long term, but having anxiety about the work piling up while I’m gone/fire drills.

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Take the time! Don't worry about what others are doing. Do what you need to. Re client management, at the end of the day, the clients are the partners' responsibility and so you shouldn't feel like you can't step away. Obviously, do your best to find coverage and ensure a smooth transition before you leave, but fiercely guard your time off and enjoy it! It will likely be really busy before you leave and on your return... all the more reason to enjoy the time off.

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I’ve found that the longer vacations (10 days or more) are the only ones that give me an actual break, anything less and people just hold things for you until you get back. I find coverage for every client and am really transparent with the partners and people covering for me that I expect to do no work while on vacation. This has worked well for me on my last two 10 day plus vacations and everyone was really supportive of helping me protect my time off. I don’t worry about optics. We all need to take the time to rest and refresh.

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