How I traveled without quitting my job
I did my job well
We do not have an “Employee of the Month” program here but I’m pretty confident that I can be one. I do my job not just well but I do it excellently. In my first job after graduating, I am always the one who can finish more articles everyday. There is a quota and I make it a habit to exceed it. I’m not bragging saying this, I’m passionate with my job and in return, all I want is for the employer to meet halfway with me. I can demand because I can deliver. Proof below! A recommendation from my former manager. (HAHAHAH, defensive!)
My point is that once your employer knows that you are a valuable employee, they would be willing to meet halfway with your requests. Who in the right mind would allow an incompetent employee to have an extended period of leave when she’s not even contributing to the overall growth of the company?
When I asked my employer for a 65-day leave (intense), I didn’t have a hard time because he’s kind and of course, he knows that I will complete my tasks before I go and catch up when I get back.
So yup, don’t expect that you can work while traveling when you can’t even work while not traveling. Get me?
I did proper preparation
I did it by notifying my employer about my plan to travel and talking with him regarding this travel dream. Do not surprise your employer and just ask for a leave and demand for it as soon as possible. I asked for a leave 2 months before my intended travel date and told my employer to take his time coming up with a decision. In my letter, I told him my concrete plans before and after the Eurotrip and how I think this will benefit the both of us. My employer’s benefit in my Eurotrip is he wouldn’t pay me for two months LOL and I’ll be better when I come back. Happy employee, happy employer! 😀
I sent a heartfelt email
January 8 when I closed my eyes and just hit the “Send” button. I was like “Whatever the decision is, at least I tried.” Dumb me for sending the proposal to my employer on a Friday as I kept thinking about their decision over the weekend. Anyway, I highlighted the part where I told my boss that I enjoy working with him and I am always challenged everytime he gives me a task and I am passionate to do my job excellently because of their management (I’m not kissing ass, this is true!). I also told him that whatever decision they come up with, I will still be the amazing employee that I am and I wouldn’t take it personally.
I signed a contract
“I make myself subjected to any legal action should I not return on the given date” – Me to the HR
After two weeks of deliberation with the judges LOL, they agreed! It sounds scary but I did sign a contract with my approval that they will press legal charges if I didn’t come back on the date they presented. I know I will surely come back but this gives the employer the peace of mind that I didn’t just use them for my travel dreams.
I kept my promise
I left for two months and then came back better than ever, haha! I made my employer feel that allowing me to have a break made me a better person. Not because they allowed me for that leave doesn’t allow me to just be laid-back now because I got what I wanted. Instead, I aspired to a better employee that I was before.