Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jake A*. I am a tester at an electronic manufacturing company. There are many testers in my team but I am the only one who is the longest at my job.
Three years ago, we had a new manager appointed to take over from our boss who retired. Ever since, the new guy took over, it’s been really hard to take any time off for our personal lives. Due to this, many of my old team mates left the company because their families felt there is no work life balance. The new manager prefers us to cash out our leaves at the end of year or to take leave no more than 2 days at a time.
I have spoken to him more than once over the years but he kept saying he needs us around. In short of going to our union to report this (I really don’t want to), I am thinking of quitting my job. This coming Autumn, I’ll need to take two weeks leave to visit my ailing mother. I’m suppose to visit her at the start of this year but my leave got rejected by..who else?
Sorry for my ranting. Could you advice please?
I sensed your frustration and I know it’s irrational that your manager outright refused to grant you your entitled rest.
Trying to understand his point, are your department short-handed? Or he is too afraid that he couldn’t cope without you guys? But to drag on for 3 years is way too long in my opinion.
What I could advice you is that you have one last talk with your manager and let him know that it’s crucial that you need to take the 2 weeks leave, provide your reasons (even if it is really none of his business) and if he refused you or came up with some excuses to fob you off, let him know diplomatically your rights to your entitlement and you may need to speak to someone else if he does not have good reasons not to approve your leave especially since you provide enough notice period. Important – Leave your emotions at the door. Being angry or showing your frustrations at him will not convince him, in fact, it might make things worse by triggering his defensive side.
Next step for you if he refused to grant you leave is that you could approach your manager’s boss. Alternatively, you can approach the HR or union in your company as well. If you sound and present your case reasonably, there should be no good reasons not to grant your leave since you have not taken any long leaves for the past 3 years.
Resigning from your job should be your last option. Only to be taken if his boss and the HR sing the same tune as him, then I’ll say this company is a slave driver and does not deserve such a hardworking committed employee as yourself.
I wish you best of luck and let me know how it turns out!