The Best Times To Ask Your Boss For Vacation

Just about everyone with a normal 9-5 job looks forward to their precious weekends and vacation days. It’s not that we hate our jobs, but we have a work hard, play hard mentality. We want to spent time with friends and family, so we work hard all week to have those opportunities.

While we usually have weekends all to ourselves, planning vacations is a bit more difficult. Asking for a day or two off is fairly easy as it doesn’t disrupt projects and short periods of time out of work should not cause big issues. There’s the guilt aspect of asking for vacation, too: your coworkers will have to cover for you.

Asking for a week or more of vacation time, however, can be much more problematic. You have to compete with project deadlines and coworkers schedules to find a time that’s convenient for you. It’s often very stressful asking for more than a few days of vacation at once because getting turned down can feel like a big letdown. Here are some of the best times to ask your boss for vacation.

Ask About Planned Vacations Before You Accept The Job

If you’re planning a vacation before you begin a new job, this can be the best time to ask about pre-planned vacations. Yes, you may want the job desperately, but employers also want you and understand that we’ve made commitments prior to getting an offer. Once they offer you a job, you can bring up commitments you’ve already made and ask if they can accomodate you. If they think you may not take the job if they say no (and they want to start off the relationship on a strong foot the same way you do), they have more to lose than to gain.

Ask For Vacation After A Successful Project

If your performance has been solid and you’ve gotten positive feedback about it, you’re more likely get your vacation request approved. It will be in the front of your boss’ mind just know how valuable you are to the team, and he or she will be more likely to accommodate your request.

Make It Easy For Your Boss To Say Yes

There are a few things you can do to give you the best chance for your boss to accept your vacation proposal. If you have been slacking off or your work hasn’t been up to snuff, put off asking until you’re in good standing. Ask far in advance, before your coworkers get a chance so there are no other competitors for your preferred vacation dates. And offer to work during popular vacation times, like Christmas week, and you coworkers will be more willing to pick up the slack when you’re out of the office.

Lauren and I are taking a big vacation starting this week, and I let my employer know before I even started. After being offered the job, I asked if they could accommodate the vacations I had already planned. One had already been booked, while the other I was still planning, and tried to find a time that worked well for everyone. They graciously allowed us to go, and we scheduled it partly during Thanksgiving so I won’t miss as many days.

Financial spread betting: a dream come true

Those of us with an eye for a profit will have occasionally glanced at the trading markets and wondered just how much fun we could have if we were let loose there for a while. The general answer is, well quite a bit, if only we could find the time and the level of capital to make it a viable proposition.

But here’s the thing. Thanks to the ever increasing sophistication of the world’s digital infrastructure the means now exists to play the world’s markets at level that is realistically affordable and, what’s more, that doesn’t involve surrendering cash in dealing fees, commissions or taxes.

The catch? There is no catch. Here’s how it works.

Deriving from a hybridization of the online gambling industry and the world’s major trading floors Financial Spread Betting allows ordinary people to stake modest amounts against movements in the world’s trading markets. No actual buying and selling of stocks or currencies takes place, all that happens is that bets are made against the fluctuations in specific markets.

Because nothing is actually traded the whole process is incredibly streamlined and that is why it is entirely free of both taxes and dealing fees. All of a sudden the Hollywood dream of making it big on the basis of some market insight is within our grasp.

The gaming equation is eminently straightforward and can lead to quite startling returns. For every dollar that is wagered the player earns the same again for every point that the market moves. A one dollar bet on a five point swing returns five bucks, a ten dollar bet, fifty dollars – and so on. The only downside is that losses are calculated in the same way as wins. You choose when you cash out.

What makes this so exciting is that access to this form of investment-gambling has been made so widely available to the open market courtesy of providers such as Tradefair and City Index – to name but two – who have invested heavily in state-of-the art digital technologies that can give players instant access to over 3,200 different international markets.

Whether you have insight into the motor industry in the US, the game industry in Japan or simply the geopolitical state of the Yen, there is now a way to leverage that knowledge. There are sites like to help you through the technicalities, and there is even a book on how to maximize your returns.

Tradefair’s offering is a good example of the range of markets and investment tools that are available to anyone with access to the internet. Their trading facilities are accessible using smartphone technologies as well as more static laptops and pcs. Different software suites are available according to how much information you feel you need, and there are reassuringly comprehensive demonstration programmes as well that will let you get up to speed before you have to start parting with your cash. You can tell these guys are in it for the long haul.

The smartphone app is – in reality – pitched at experienced players rather than newbies, but once you’re up to speed it enables quickfire in-and-out trades from any location. That cliché of a trader shouting down the phone ‘buy, buy’ is closer (and a lot quieter quieter) than you might imagine!

Since an eye for a rewarding offer is something that invariably goes down well it’s worth noting the introductory and recommendation offers that are available. For example, at the time of going to press Tradefair are offering an introductory bonus (i.e. free money!) of up to £1,000 and, what’s more they are offering additional £50 credits for the first five introductions you make to them. Even without the introductory bonus – it varies according to how much you load into your account – that’s a free £250 to get started with.

For those who like their investments to be based on what they know – or can research – Financial Spread Betting looks like a very good bet indeed.

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