Make Your Pitch

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Wong Kar Lai, head of group HR at Jobstreet.com, shares how you can broach the sub­ject of a sab­bat­i­cal with your boss.

1 GIVE AT LEAST THREE MONTHS’ NO­TICE. Your boss may have to find a re­place­ment or re­as­sign your du­ties while you’re away. “Make the han­dover smoother by pre­par­ing a com­plete list of out­stand­ing mat­ters and walk­ing them through with your col­leagues. Your boss will ap­pre­ci­ate the ini­tia­tive.”

2 MAKE A STRONG CASE FOR YOUR­SELF. Even if your sab­bat­i­cal is for per­sonal rea­sons, high­light how it can help you pro­fes­sion­ally – to be­come more pro­duc­tive or ef­fi­cient. “Tak­ing a break to ac­com­plish a per­sonal goal is very ful­fill­ing. When you re­turn to work, you’ll be able to find your pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ments equally ful­fill­ing.”

3 KEEP COM­MU­NI­CA­TION CHAN­NELS OPEN. It helps you main­tain good re­la­tions with your boss and col­leagues. “If he asks that you re­turn from your sab­bat­i­cal ear­lier to re­lieve the team, be will­ing to com­pro­mise.” Kar Lai says keep­ing tabs on work dur­ing a sab­bat­i­cal is op­tional – as long as you’ve done a clean han­dover, that is enough.

4 EX­PLORE YOUR OP­TIONS. If your boss tells you that com­pany pol­icy doesn’t al­low for sab­bat­i­cal leave be­cause it’s too dis­rup­tive, Kar Lai says you should re­view your op­tions – you may have to give up your dream or quit your job to pur­sue it.

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