Discontented Leave

When you get to be a career person and work in an organization, apart from enjoying the salary wages, benefits or privileges’ offered (depending on your job position in the organization) by the employer, the employee is also given leave entitlement.

In my case as confirmed personnel, my annual leave entitlement is 20 days. By the way, it’s not inclusive of public holidays and leave in lieu – LIL (LIL only applicable to my team as at time, we do work during the week end).
So, you can imagine I have such an ‘abundant’ leave to clear.
How about yours?

Anyway, great, I thought. It’s my entitlement and I can do whatever I want with it. And whenever I intend to use it, I’ll just submit my leave application online and waits for its approval.
Everything is done at my finger tip.
Easy.
Simple.

But of course along the way before the leave submission process begin, a thorough planning has to take place such as ensuring there is no clashes in your on-going activities, ensuring there is someone to handle your routine duties while you’re away and also ensuring there is enough quota of man-power in the office while you are away.

Failure to ensure all of the above will effect the approval of your leave application. So when this happens (imagine if you have purchased a great deal of air ticket price from AirAsia), who to blame?
Your boss?
Or yourself?

Thing look very simple but it can be very troublesome and complicated whenever problem arises. Un-necessary problem arises, I should say.

I was by force to take leave of 5.5 days (on top of my approved balance of leave) and even stated on which date to clear the 5.5 days.
I was devastated.
Sad.
Disappointed.

Bull, I said.
How can this happen?
I thought I have the right on my leave entitlement as long as I’ve passed the thorough planning stage.
But why is this happening?
I thought I’m the ‘boss’ of my leave and now my boss is controlling my leave entitlement?? No!! This could not be happening.

So, I did my ‘C.S.I’.

Finally, my investigation comes to an end. The source to all of these un-necessary problem lead to someone lack of planning and it has caused the entire section to re-plan their leave and to the extend of forcing them to clear their leave.

It’s not the boss to be blame.
It’s not the system to be blame either.
Who to blame then?

I just hate it when shit happens. I just want to run somewhere, dig a hole and bury my head in it. I just hope tomorrow will be a better day for me.

What am I going to do during that 5.5 days force leave?

5 Comments

  1. Stef

    5 November, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    In Australia, if you are a “long-term” employee for say 7-10 years, you are entitle for “long service leave” which is 3 months duration on top of your annual 20 days leave. Now, you tell me, where could one go with that many leave? 🙂

    Well, I would probably suggest you indulge yourself in the extra 5.5 days? Say, shopping? Massage? Read books? Do something to pamper yourself. You deserve it!

    Cheer!

  2. Stef

    5 November, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    In Australia, if you are a “long-term” employee for say 7-10 years, you are entitle for “long service leave” which is 3 months duration on top of your annual 20 days leave. Now, you tell me, where could one go with that many leave? 🙂

    Well, I would probably suggest you indulge yourself in the extra 5.5 days? Say, shopping? Massage? Read books? Do something to pamper yourself. You deserve it!

    Cheer!

  3. Desmond

    9 November, 2008 at 4:13 am

    There’s no option to sell the leave in exchange for ‘golden handshake’? In the Government Service we can change that to $cash

  4. Mystery LadyBird

    10 November, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    stef,
    thanks for the advice. now how i wish im working in australia.. ;p

  5. Mystery LadyBird

    10 November, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    desmond,
    once upon a time, selling the leave is allowed till someone took the benefit away. that is due to the ‘bronze handshake’ lah kaban. pedih ati aku.

    even now, today, that ‘unique’ someone still can sell the leave whereas the rest like us cannot do so.

    so what does that implicate to you? 😉

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