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School me on sabbaticals

...yet another thread asking for advice from random people...

My wife and I are planning an extended (~6 months) backpacking trip across the world. We are both IT professionals and content with our jobs. How much notice would you give to your boss before leaving to maximize your chance of coming back (and minimize how pissed off they get)?

2 months? 1 month? 2 weeks? Before or after the holidays?
Old 11-21-10, 11:39 AM
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Do you know how many people out there are looking for work?
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

You're gonna be gone for 6 months? You may call it a sabbatical, your work may call it quitting your job.

First thing I would do is check with HR to see if taking 6 months off (for something other than medical/hardship) is possible. If it is, what procedure is required. If you can take 6 months off without repercussions, I would let them know as soon as possible, especially if someone needs to be trained as your replacement.

It just doesn't seem like a good job market to just take 6 months to have some fun and expect to have a job when you return.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Yeah, I would check with HR and see what they have to say. My job has a schedule outlined in the handbook that gives the length of time that you can take a sabbatical and still keep your job. It is directly proportional to how many hours you have worked for the company. I am currently qualified for 3 months. The max we can take is six months and even that needs approval from leadership. And it is also something that they don't have to give. So definitely check with HR, see what they have to say, and plan any trip you might have around the slowest 6 months of your business, and give them as much notice as possible.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

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Do you know how many people out there are looking for work?
Yeah, people call it selfish, but... oh well.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Also - one cannot check with HR without notifying them of your trip.
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Also - one cannot check with HR without notifying them of your trip.
Huh? You are checking with HR about their sabbatical policy (if they have one at all).

BTW, totally take the trip if you can financially swing it. Trips like that are so much more important than work.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

If your company can do without you for six months, what does that say about your job?
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Ok when I said sabbatical I really meant taking a personal LOA. There's no official company policy. Basically quitting and trying to come back.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Originally Posted by Sheff View Post
Yeah, people call it selfish, but... oh well.
You only live once and if it's something you can afford to do know do it. Life is about the experiences you have not the hours behind a desk. I bet the majority of people who call it selfish are just jealous.
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i bet the majority of people who call it selfish are just jealous.
100%
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Sabbaticals are something I tend to associate with academics and high-powered executives but apparently some companies do offer them.

http://yoursabbatical.com/learn/

If you can make it work then more the power to you.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

Originally Posted by Sheff View Post
Ok when I said sabbatical I really meant taking a personal LOA. There's no official company policy. Basically quitting and trying to come back.
In that case, it's pretty simple. Just start job-hunting when you get back.

Hope you two enjoy the trip. Sounds like it could be real interesting and fun.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

You want to walk the earth? What, you think you're Cain from Kung Fu?
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So in a few months, are we going to hear that Pakistan or Iran captured you when you backpacked over their border?
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

IT Professionals? Yeah, they'll just get somebody from India at a fraction of your rate.
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Originally Posted by troystiffler View Post
If your company can do without you for six months, what does that say about your job?
It says they can still function and not go out of business with a single employee leaving?

...what does it say about pregnant women who take a leave?
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So in a few months, are we going to hear that Pakistan or Iran captured you when you backpacked over their border?
No - maybe North Korea...
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

I didn't call it selfish. I do, however, think it's stupid.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana View Post
I didn't call it selfish. I do, however, think it's stupid.
For what reason? To use your money to do something you really enjoy, rather than contiinue to use it to buy useless shit you don't need? When you don't have kids to deal with, you're pretty much free to do what you want.

Regardless, it's best to not burn bridges and keep your relationships and network in good shape for when you return - including your current job.

I really should change this thread's topic.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

I don't think she's saying your use of money is stupid. I think she's saying leaving your job in the current market is stupid, unless you're sure you can either get it back or have another one lined up.

And for the record, I say go and have the time of your life.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet View Post
I don't think she's saying your use of money is stupid. I think she's saying leaving your job in the current market is stupid, unless you're sure you can either get it back or have another one lined up.

And for the record, I say go and have the time of your life.
...which was really the goal of this thread. How much notice should you give if you want to stay on good terms with your employer, but not enough time for them to let you go too early? ...since every paycheck counts at this point.
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Go ahead and do it if you want, but definitely don't expect to have your job when you get back. This might be something that you really want to do, but I would suggest waiting a couple years until (hopefully) things turn back around. What's so important about taking this trip right now? Now, is simply not the time to voluntarily leave a job, especially since it sounds like it's a good job since you can seemingly afford to not generate any income and only incur expenses for the next 6 months.

If I were you I wouldn't do anything to potentially jeopardize the job you have in this economic environment.
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Re: School me on sabbaticals

I also say do it, soon. You seem a little hostile towards differing opinions, a vacation might help that.
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...which was really the goal of this thread. How much notice should you give if you want to stay on good terms with your employer, but not enough time for them to let you go too early? ...since every paycheck counts at this point.
Well, since you are in effect quitting, I'd say no less than a month. That should give them enough time to find and train a replacement. You can tell them you'd like your job back when you return, but I wouldn't expect them to do you any favors.

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