Welcome to another edition of the #AskDavidson column, where Davidson Abishegam, the author of “8 Vital Skills to Succeed at the Workplace – The Raw Truth to Stay Ahead of the Pack”, tackles work-related questions posed by Neue readers.

Do you need some career advice?

Are you facing some difficulties in the workplace?

Feel free to send your questions over to Davidson by clicking here.Dear Davidson,

My leave was rejected by my boss at the very last minute. I’m so mad! How do I deal with this?

– Miss OverworkedDear Miss Overworked,

There may be several reasons why your leave was not approved.

Firstly, did you provide sufficient notice period?

Always ensure that you give your manager a heads up so they have sufficient time to plan things ahead before your absence.

Another reason could be that you have insufficient leave balance.

If you are planning to take extra days off without sufficient balance annual leave, chances are your leave request may be rejected.

Other common reasons for rejection are:

(i) You are still a fairly new employee in the organisation.

(ii) The length of your leave – you applied for too many consecutive days.

(iii) The timing – for example, festive period or school holidays, where too many people are on leave at the same time

It is important to remember, however, that your employer can refuse your holiday request, for example, during busy periods.

Although your employer can refuse to give you holiday leave at a certain time, they cannot refuse to let you take your minimum leave entitlement for the year.

Your manager can also cancel your leave after approving it.

Often times it can be frustrating as prior arrangements have been made – and this leaves workers on their own trying to get refunds for airfare and accommodations.

These are some things that you can do prior to making any arrangements or applying for leave:

(i) Know your company leave policies (you can check with HR or read the company handbook). 

(ii) Ask at the right time – for example, after you complete a project successfully

One thing to remember is this: At the end of the day, you are working with people.Sometimes just by being more tactful towards your manager, might get your leave approved.

Hence, not only should the reason for your leave be solid, you need to also justify and convince your manager that everything has been taken care of in your absence and that your work will be done or covered.

Simply by understanding your company policies and people in general will help you deal with situations like this better in future. 

Use Colored Brain (check out the video below) to understand how your boss or manager processes information and how you can understand them better. Good luck!

– Davidson

You can meet Davidson in Brunei

Great news! Davidson will be coming to Brunei to conduct a workshop on “Professional Business Writing” on October 7 to 8. Click here to download the PDF to register.

He’ll be holding another workshop on “Vital Skills for the Administrative Assistant” on October 9-10. Click here to download the PDF to register.

Both workshops will take place at the Radisson Hotel.

And if you’re interested in getting a copy of “8 Vital Skills to Succeed at the Workplace”, you can do so do at the Souvenir Shop of Radisson Hotel in Brunei and Nolly Bookstore at the Departure Hall of Brunei International Airport. The book retails for $20.

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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.

Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.