Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Things this HR guy doesn't understand:If an employee has an important event coming up that they want to take a vacation day for, and has made it well known to everyone under the sun that he/she intents to attend come hell or high water, why would you ever deny that person vacation time? And why be so shocked and appalled when they inevitably call in sick?This shiat ain't that complicated.
Any Pie Left: I inherited some of my dad's work behaviors, such as stoically going to work come hell or high water or any sickness short of surgery. Dad almost never took vacation days, and It rubbed off on me in that I never think to put in for them. When my wife reminds me to, I'll burn up a few making 3 and 4-day weekends, usually wrapped around existing holiday time off. I tried a real 2-week vacation this summer, and it didn't go as well as I had hoped. For one thing, it takes my head and body about 4 days just to get used to the idea that I can sleep in and have nowhere to go at any particular time. About three days before the end of the 2 weeks, my mind starts thinking about the office and re-entering the stress and dropped projects that nobody picked up the slack on for me. Kind of like old people and "sunset syndrome", my head is already at the office by Saturday of the last weekend.In between those times, I'm in a mad dash of pre-planned activities, mostly "honey-do" projects that have piled up when my weekends weren't enough to finish or start them. Then too, the rest of the family regards a vacationing dad as a free resource for playing repair-man and taxi-driver. Not that I mind, all the time; after all, it's a proud function of a dad to be there for his kids and for a husband to be available to his wife. But they all seem to forget that dad might have an agenda of his own, little projects or jaunts and side-trips he thinks of on workdays, but can't carry out.My conclusion is that 2 weeks is too short to appreciate and really absorb. A month might be about right. Or regularly-spaced 4-day weekends. But a month won't fly at work u ...
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