You have a grand time letting loose and enjoying yourself. You stay up too late and sleep too little. And you take plenty of photos and video to remember your vacation by.
You head back to work when you get home and find that you are being fired! Oh no, what happened to bring about this nightmare scenario?
Although this cringe worthy workplace happening may be just a bad dream for many employees, some people do find themselves in just this situation. Have a look at some of the reasons for post vacation firings, so you can avoid making these same mistakes.
Faking Sickness-I am starting with this reason because it is far and away the most common one for post vacation workplace dismissal. Individuals figure that they can extend the number of vacation days that they take per year, by calling them sick days. It goes like this.
The boss thinks that you are feeling puny and laid up in bed, while instead you are lounging in your beach chair with your feet in the sand. Word gets back to the boss via a “friend” that you never imagined that you would run into at the beach. Next thing you know, you are toast.
Posting Racy Or Inappropriate Photos on Social Media While on Vacation-The thinking goes, “Hey! It is my vacation and I can do whatever I want and share it on social media however I like”. Oops, not so. Think of a teacher for instance who posts a half naked picture of him or herself laying face up in a bush on Facebook. Students and parents come across the photo. Big problems.
Trash Talking Your Employer While on Vacation-Ah, good old social media again. Venting how glad you are to get away from your workplace and co-workers on Twitter when you head out for vacation, can lead to major, employment ending issues when you get back. Pushing send on that company rant is best reconsidered.
Taking Vacation Without Getting It Okayed-Turned down for vacation time that you asked for and decided to head out anyway? Forgot to ask for vacation, and let the boss know about your trip once you are at your destination? It has happened and has generally ended badly. Going against a supervisor’s decision or failing to clear leave ahead of time is more likely than not to end in employment termination.
By exercising good judgement and playing it smart with your vacation time, you can make coming back to work after a get away an easy thing to do.
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