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Recharge and Relax


Recharge and Relax

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Sorry to hear about your friends.

I have an excellent wife who balances my working with demands that a) I see the kids (i.e. come home at a reasonable time) and b) take her and the kids on holiday (more go with them but I am sure that you get the point).

It was also her that encouraged me to take up field hockey which has demands on my time but gets me out in the fresh air, exercising and socialising.

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I simply book one week off every 3 months or so throughout the year based around the New Year and Christmas holiday period. I book this on the first Monday in April. As I work for the NHS I get more than most private sector employees, but still manage to use it all by the end of March.

If anything our managers are under pressure to make sure that we take all of our leave, and like it when we make life easy for them.
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Alex Gay (10/23/2013)
I simply book one week off every 3 months or so throughout the year based around the New Year and Christmas holiday period. I book this on the first Monday in April. As I work for the NHS I get more than most private sector employees, but still manage to use it all by the end of March.

If anything our managers are under pressure to make sure that we take all of our leave, and like it when we make life easy for them.


Opposite for me as I work freelance ;-)

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I thought you only got about 10 days levae in the US.

I get 34 in the Uk and that's not really enough!
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If you have worked for the NHS for more than 10 years you get 33 Days + 8 Bank Holidays, but depending on where you work you may be in for the bank holiday, but you get it as time in lieu (not overtime).
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I just scheduled the rest of my time off for the year - every Friday until Christmas. :-D

Generally, in the beginning of the year, I'll schedule a week off for a beach vacation and I'll make sure I have my birthday off. Other then that, I may take a day here and there when I need a break. But any remaining days I'll save up for the end of the year. So far it's only back-fired on me once.



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Admittedly I've been taking a day here and there to burn my vacation through the year although I have a week and a half booked for vacation in January. I've heard that in some places it's mandatory to take at least a week at a time at least once a year in order to make sure that you haven't become mission critical. So it's a good DR test in case you're not able to work.

The best DR tests are ones that I can do by sitting on a beach.
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I work for an automotive (brake parts) supplier and have a very odd vacation policy.

I get 10 days per year - 3 of those are mandated to use during July 4 shutdown (full week paid). That leaves me 7 days to cover sick and vacation. I do get another 10 days paid shutdown over Christmas/New Years - so plenty of time off - I just don't get much choice about when I use it.

I took a week off in May this year, leaving me only 2 discretionary days...and then I got the dreaded head cold that burned 1.5 days sick. I will make sure to use it more wisely next year and probably save a few days to roll forward into 2015 just to feel more comfortable with the potential sick time use.
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I think if you have a fair amount of annual vacation, it helps to have some annual traditions for how some of it is used. Some of it may be around Holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas), but even in other times I find it helpful to have other things I do every year, whether with a group of friends or as a couple.

I have gone between 3 and 4 weeks vacation in my last few jobs, and in a given year usually a week or two of that will already be committed ... annual golf trip, days around christmas, a weekday golf tournament we play every year, an extension of labor day to go up to a relative's cottage, etc

These are things I know I'm going to do far in advance, so it is easy to book them a long way out, and then the work schedule evolves around them instead of trying to fit days into a busy work schedule.

From there, its not that hard to eat up the rest with days here and there. I also like planning trips I'd like to take way in advance. The planning becomes part of the fun of the trip, and again you get it in your schedule before work gets in your schedule.
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