Saturday, March 3, 2007

Emergency Vacation: It's Not What It Used To Be

It used to be that calling in and requesting emergency vacation was no big deal. People requested it often, and most chiefs didn't hassle them about it.

Things have changed. Now that all the districts have maxed-out their scheduled vacation time, emergency vacations cause them to exceed their total. That means staffing has to call in (and pay for) more overtime than the department has budgeted for... which makes the Deputy and Assistant Chiefs unhappy... which means they require detailed, written explanations from District Chiefs... which makes them unhappy... and so-on.

Let's try to avoid this from now on. Really, anyone should be able to get off almost any day--simply by trading for other vacation days later in the year. You can even trade days with other people in the district.

If you have a real emergency that you need to deal with, of course, you can ask for emergency vacation. But nowadays there are usually other, better ways to get time off if you need it.

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