my boss won’t let me use any of my vacation time — Ask a Manager


my boss won’t let me use any of my vacation time

A reader writes:

While my job lets me accrue paid time off for vacation, I seem to be in a position where any time I request time off I am denied by my manager. On the other hand, my manager takes vacation time off all the time. Am I missing something here? I have a family who I would love to take vacation time with, but I am cut off any time I try. At the same time, my days off have accumulated to almost one month and I am just at a loss of how someone in good conscience would not even consider allowing me. How do I approach this situation?

I answer this question — and four others — over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to them). You can read it here.

Other questions I’m answering there today include:

  • Our new hire is plotting a coup on her second day
  • Hiring a coworker to babysit
  • I think my former coworker is trying to poach me
  • Mentioning marriage and kids on a resume



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