How to Negotiate a Month Off Work

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Sometimes a week off work just isn’t enough.

To really experience a new country and to really immerse yourself in the culture a week isn’t long enough.

The problem is, negotiating more than two weeks off from work can be tough, as no employer wants to lose an employee for 4+ weeks at a time.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to improve the chances of your employer agreeing to such a lengthy absence.

Here are a few tips on how to successfully negotiate a month off from work:

Negotiating Time Off Work

Before you start booking your trip to Thailand, you first need to speak to your employer and get them to agree to letting you have the time off.

Generally, if you’re asking for 4 or more weeks off of work you won’t be able to do it via a standard holiday request, so make sure you’ve thought through the conversation (and what you’re going to say) beforehand and make sure you’re prepared.

Your employer will naturally want to know why you want such a long period of time off work and the reasons why you should be allowed such a break. Have some clear and concise answers thought out for when this question inevitably comes up.

Negotiating Time Off Work

Most employers’ first instinct will be to immediately deny such a request, as they don’t want to leave a gaping hole in their organization while you’re away.

It’s your job to show them how taking this time off (and doing something constructive with it – such as traveling) will benefit the company in the long run. Speak about the new skills you’ll gain and develop and how they’ll positively affect your job.

As well as this, suggest how your position might be covered during your absence (if possible). This could be done by other staff filling in for you (and you returning the favor later on).

Also, plan your time away during a quiet part of the year when the company isn’t particularly busy.

Finally, are you owed a pay rise or are you overdue on a promotion? Providing your employer also knows this, these can be valuable bargaining chips when negotiating time off work.

Providing you’re good at your job and you’re a valued member of the company, your employer won’t want to lose you, and instead of allowing you to take this time off as holiday, they may suggest that you take a sabbatical instead.

Most of the time, sabbaticals are unpaid, so make sure you’ve got enough money saved up beforehand to cover all of your traveling expenses.

Once you’ve been granted this time off work it’s important that you actually do something useful and productive with it. Your employer will no doubt want to hear some cool stories when you get back, so make sure you have something to tell them!


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