(Closed) Vacation Scheduling in the Workplace

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
3065 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

daynak:  I think you are right. She shouldnt be able to arbitrarily overrule you whenever she feels. She gets first pick to secure her ‘must haves’ then you get to go. 

considering what happened before I could see her trying  to mess with you to get even so get that policy in writing!!!

Post # 3
47190 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

daynak:  I work in a unionized enironment where vacation is scheduled by seniority. Having said that, in order to exercise that seniority, the  employees have to submit vacation requests by a certain date.If they choose to save some days unscheduled, they can, but those dates then are open to whomever asks for them first.

e.g If, later in the year, she asks for October 1 and 2, and those dates are already taken by someone else, whether in the annual request period or by someone who asked for them in July in a separate request, she is out of luck.

Send your Branch Manager a draft vacation process that includes these conditions:

The selection of vacation and the posting of the approved vacation schedule shall be completed by December 31st of the preceding calendar year or any other date mutually agreed.

Vacation time may be divided and shall be scheduled at a time mutually agreeable to the employee and the Employer, however, an employee who splits her vacation shall not receive her
choice of when she wishes to take the subsequent portion of her vacation until all other employees.

Vacation once approved, shall not be changed or cancelled by the employer.

Post # 4
2318 posts
Buzzing bee

the best policy I have had was only five days could be scheduled the first time the vacation calendar circled the office by senority. Then on the second round you could schedule another 5 days. After each person selects their days a manager approves the time, writes it on the calender and passes the book on. If you do not schedule all of your days while the book Is circulating your request is handled on a first come first serve basis. 

This makes you choose thee most important days you need off and gives everyone a chance to get some good holidays  


i suggested this after a senior employee that was entitled to three weeks vacation took two weeks for Xmas and New Years, three days around thanksgiving and the one day the Friday befor the 4th of July that fell on a Saturday and the following Monday Three years in a row. She also managed to schedule herself off around other holidays or at least early days off and long weekends.   This was at a bank so the hours on those days are not even that bad. Nobody could spend anytime with their family because of her selfishness. 

Post # 5
47190 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lokie85:  We are allowed to schedule all of our earned vacation together, except in the summer when the maximum is 3 weeks off. I disagree that senior staff members can only get one week off at a time. No one would ever be able to take a trip to Europe,for example.

One proviso that I forgot to mention in my previous response is that all vacation requested as a first choice must be consecutive work days. That means your senior employee could take her two weeks off at Christmas, but she couldn’t also ask for Thanksgiving, 4th of July etc to be included as a first choice.

Post # 6
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

at my workplace you just request the time when you want. It is a bit of a free for all, but its more of a first come first served basis rather than based on seniority. So the farther in advance you book, the better off you are. Our superiors are really good about trying to find a way to accommodate everyone’s requests. Despite being junior, I book far in advance and I don’t take time off during popular times (Christmas, summer) so Ive never had an issue. Your office manager sounds horrible. I would just give her the heads up “I’m putting my vacation requests in for this year in 2 weeks, in case you wanted to reserve specific dates ahead of time” and leave it at that. If she tries to cancel you last minute, stick to your guns like last time. I doubt your boss will side with her because if you snooze you lose. 

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