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I was just told by my manager that taking a 2 week vacation would look bad while staffed on a client project. I’ve already been on this project for over a year and another extension is coming. Take 1week, he said. My husband and I planned to travel to Europe from the west coast which is expensive and time consuming. We don’t want to limit ourselves to 1 week. Has anyone else run into this type of situation? Can management really dictate how long you can get away - if you have the days accrued?

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You only get one life- take the full vacation and forget work. There’s always going to be more work to do and someone will always have an opinion on the optics / politics of taking PTO. In the grand scheme of things, taking an extra week is not going to be memorable to any of your coworkers, but you will always have memories of an amazing trip to Europe (that you worked hard to earn btw, considering you have accrued PTO saved).

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So long as you give proper notice and discuss a coverage plan with your team & client as needed, take whatever vacation you want. That said, if it’s a critical period for your project, you may need to be flexible. Assuming it’s not critical, the client most likely won’t care if you take 2 weeks vs 1 (and on the off chance they do, your team should manage expectations for delivery with them based on the coverage plan you define).

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Take the vacation.

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Take the vacation. No second thoughts.

And after coming back, maybe also look for options that pay more and encourage employees taking time off instead of trying to cut their pto.

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Take the time off, no one will notice in long run

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For some who are asking. This is from my people manager not engagement lead. It seems like most people haven’t experienced this exact situation or would just take their PTO. I am inclined to take it. This would be in August, so ample notice. Thank you everyone for your thoughts. This is such an American mentality too. My friends in Europe never run into this. They are expected to take vacation there.

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In many jobs particular financial services, you have to take 2 weeks at a time because it will uncover whether you’re hiding something as part of your routine job. I know it’s unrelated to this situation but I’d take two weeks and say I’m feeling really stressed out after two painful years of lockdown and want to switch off. Any manager worth their salt would say no issue

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Lol F your manager. Say you will have a transition plan in place for the 2 weeks you’re out. Time to look for a new job?

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If you have given ample notice for your vacation, take it. Screw the work.

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What an ass. Go to Europe and enjoy yourself!! You deserve it

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It’s time to take a permanent vacation from this firm.

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This satire by The Onion sums it right up

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There’s that winter sports theme again. ⛷⛸❄️

I would reach out to your people leader so they can escalate this if needed. This is not normal, especially at Slalom.

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I am 52 years old. I still regret volunteering to work half the weekend on a “really cool project” as an over-eager 24 year old, versus a three day weekend skiing in Vermont with new friends at the new job who knew taking time off came first and told me about the fun day on the slopes that I missed when I drove up halfway through the trip. 🙄⛷

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Ooof

Time to strap those skis on and slalom on out of there

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We’re two years into a plague that’s severely limited people’s leisure and travel opportunities, and your manager thinks taking more time off won’t look right? Your manager is a jackass.

Take the time, and say you weren’t asking for the time off, but rather communicating an absence well in advance so the team can plan for coverage.

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Don’t listen to them. They’re dumb. Hope someone rejects their vacation in the future.

With at least 6-8 weeks notice, this is perfectly normal.

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I was also discouraged from taking my full pto (encouraged to delay) and the burnout is too real. I really regret not standing up for myself and my mental health. I hope you do.

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This is highly unusual behavior at Slalom. I would let your skip level manager know you’re being discouraged from using your PTO. Ridiculous. Especially with such a huge amount of lead time.

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Haven't had this exact issue, more a combination of less-direct events relating to it. One of our partners (small firm I'm a few levels below and work directly with partners) had their first child and didn't take a day off. I had my first child and came back early from a relatively short-to-begin-with parental leave period so I could "be a team player".

I didn't face any type of direct pushback or retaliation, but the off-handed comments and passive aggressive communication has led me to believe that my "dedication to the firm" isn't seen as a foregone conclusion like it was prior.

I couldn't care less. I'm going to take my leave that's afforded to me and maintain a life outside of work. A two-week trip to Europe would, to me, be a life-changing experience that I'd remember and talk about for years. Those same two weeks at work will definitely not be.

That being said, if it's a critical phase of our project, I fully expect to be told plainly "you may not take PTO during this time period".

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Tell manager - “how about a 2 week notice? Is that allowed or do I need permission for that too”

Move to big tech, slalom should take you there

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