Ladies, we know just how hard it can be to ask for time off. It can be daunting to ask your boss for a day—much less a week—no matter how much you need it. It’s especially difficult if you’re just starting a new job or it’s a time of year when everyone wants a vacation from work. The fact of the matter is, we all need down time to recharge our batteries and, vacation time is part of your employee compensation.

Now let’s talk about how to ask for time off. Intimidated by your boss? So are lots of people. In the words of Vicente del Bosque, Manager of the Spanish National Football Team, “A leader is admired, a boss is feared.” If you can’t remember the last time you had more than two days off in a row and your family is threatening to plan a week at the beach without you, here are 5 ways to safely and smoothly ask your boss for a vacation from work.


5. Pick the right moment.
Once you’ve chosen your vacation dates, be sure to ask as far in advance as possible. Choose a time to talk to your boss when you know he or she is likely to be relaxed and in a good mood. It’s especially good to ask after you’ve successfully completed a major project or task.

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