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Wrong thread.


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Keep us in the loop!


He's such a pessimist.
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Jythier wrote:
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Wrong thread.


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Keep us in the loop!


He's such a pessimist.


Quiet, you.

Thanks Gabe, I feel fully in the loop! Sounds like there are multiple paths towards a quick transition!
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Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off. Should I be honest and tell them

- going on holiday is too expensive
- I have no one to go with
- except my teenage kids who are hit and miss
- going on holiday is too stressful
- I'd rather be at work around people than at home alone

or should I lie?
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manukajoe wrote:
Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off.


'Staycation' is a thing. Take the time off work, and putter around the house on the cheap. One might even use that time to play boardgames (or RPGs or videogames). whistle
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ThroughTheDeckGlass wrote:
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Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off.


'Staycation' is a thing. Take the time off work, and putter around the house on the cheap. One might even use that time to play boardgames (or RPGs or videogames). whistle
Yeah but I already do that many hours a week. It's too lonely and pathetic. It's just a reminder that I have no friends and I live alone. My teenage kids are with me half the time so there is that. Also the town I live in sucks.
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manukajoe wrote:
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Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off.


'Staycation' is a thing. Take the time off work, and putter around the house on the cheap. One might even use that time to play boardgames (or RPGs or videogames). whistle


Yeah but I already do that many hours a week. It's too lonely and pathetic. It's just a reminder that I have no friends and I live alone. My teenage kids are with me half the time so there is that. Also the town I live in sucks.


Excepting people who are retired, I suspect most people would love to have some time off. Books, solo games, a nice movie, time to tackle chores, etc. Shoot, volunteer your time somewhere. Do a backyard science experiment with your kids. Figure out a way to make a local friend. Host a 'learn a boardgame' event. Make your town less sucky. Start brainstorming things you can do. The thing work wants from you is for you to have a mental change of pace and come back refreshed for more work.

It is not pathetic. Though I would find it odd to love work so much more than everything else.
 
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ThroughTheDeckGlass wrote:
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Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off.


'Staycation' is a thing. Take the time off work, and putter around the house on the cheap. One might even use that time to play boardgames (or RPGs or videogames). whistle


Yeah but I already do that many hours a week. It's too lonely and pathetic. It's just a reminder that I have no friends and I live alone. My teenage kids are with me half the time so there is that. Also the town I live in sucks.


Excepting people who are retired, I suspect most people would love to have some time off. Books, solo games, a nice movie, time to tackle chores, etc. Shoot, volunteer your time somewhere. Do a backyard science experiment with your kids. Figure out a way to make a local friend. Host a 'learn a boardgame' event. Make your town less sucky. Start brainstorming things you can do. The thing work wants from you is for you to have a mental change of pace and come back refreshed for more work.

It is not pathetic. Though I would find it odd to love work so much more than everything else.
Please don't try to invalidate my experience to make yourself feel better. We are not talking about "most people". I already said I spend a lot of time at home doing those things. You don't know what I have already tried. You don't know the multiple times I have failed or been rejected trying. You don't know my 25 years of experience living in this town. I don't love work, but at least there I feel constructive and valued.
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manukajoe wrote:
Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off. Should I be honest and tell them

- going on holiday is too expensive
- I have no one to go with
- except my teenage kids who are hit and miss
- going on holiday is too stressful
- I'd rather be at work around people than at home alone

or should I lie?


I can only imagine that is a hard feeling. I'd probably shrug it off with "Reasons." Or laugh in a mock-evil way, "So that I can take over the world once I have enough built up..." Either way you don't have to actually lie, but you are clearly not going to answer. Honestly, it's none of their business beyond them reminding you that you may stop accruing if you don't take it.

Does your workplace have a way to donate to people in need? Several places that I've worked allowed donations to someone with extra medical concerns, time for pregnancy or after child birth, family care, etc. It might not get the askers completely off your back, but at least it would be less obvious to them.
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anjulka wrote:
manukajoe wrote:
Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off. Should I be honest and tell them

- going on holiday is too expensive
- I have no one to go with
- except my teenage kids who are hit and miss
- going on holiday is too stressful
- I'd rather be at work around people than at home alone

or should I lie?


I can only imagine that is a hard feeling. I'd probably shrug it off with "Reasons." Or laugh in a mock-evil way, "So that I can take over the world once I have enough built up..." Either way you don't have to actually lie, but you are clearly not going to answer. Honestly, it's none of their business beyond them reminding you that you may stop accruing if you don't take it.

Does your workplace have a way to donate to people in need? Several places that I've worked allowed donations to someone with extra medical concerns, time for pregnancy or after child birth, family care, etc. It might not get the askers completely off your back, but at least it would be less obvious to them.
Thanks. Yeah being evasive seems like the obvious response. Although I am also tempted to be honest just to see what would happen.

No I don't think we can transfer leave.
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As far as practical advice goes, I think you can't beat Rose's, so I won't try.

I'll only contribute by saying I can relate and understand the burden.

I recently became single again (my choice) and have lost about 75% of my social life (our formerly mutual friends) in the process. I seem to be having it easier than you, but yeah, I'd rather be at work with my colleagues, some of whom I really appreciate, than at home talking to myself most of the time.

Being evasive works, but you can also be semi-open and paint it in a positive light by saying you appreciate the work environment and being around your colleagues.
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Thanks Ooops. Sorry to hear about your break up, it's never easy I guess even if it needs to be done. Not easy to find good friends at that time too, sometimes.
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If you're working for a company with decent internal controls, they should make you take time off. If you quit tomorrow they should be able to keep going without you with as few issues as possible. This way they can make sure things still get done. One of the worst parts of most people taking vacation is that they come back to all the work that should have been done while they were gone.

Also if you're juggling some fraudulent scheme to steal money from the company, it will probably get discovered when someone else takes over your job for a week.
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If you're working for a company with decent internal controls, they should make you take time off. If you quit tomorrow they should be able to keep going without you with as few issues as possible. This way they can make sure things still get done. One of the worst parts of most people taking vacation is that they come back to all the work that should have been done while they were gone.

Also if you're juggling some fraudulent scheme to steal money from the company, it will probably get discovered when someone else takes over your job for a week.
Good point. My job is a bit different, I'm a scientist, the work I do is long term and no one else currently in the organisation can easily pick it up. If I go away it doesn't really pile up, since projects are long term anyway.
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If you're working for a company with decent internal controls, they should make you take time off. If you quit tomorrow they should be able to keep going without you with as few issues as possible. This way they can make sure things still get done. One of the worst parts of most people taking vacation is that they come back to all the work that should have been done while they were gone.

Also if you're juggling some fraudulent scheme to steal money from the company, it will probably get discovered when someone else takes over your job for a week.
Good point. My job is a bit different, I'm a scientist, the work I do is long term and no one else currently in the organisation can easily pick it up. If I go away it doesn't really pile up, since projects are long term anyway.


I thought scientists made lots of money, because of Careers, the board game.
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Jythier wrote:
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If you're working for a company with decent internal controls, they should make you take time off. If you quit tomorrow they should be able to keep going without you with as few issues as possible. This way they can make sure things still get done. One of the worst parts of most people taking vacation is that they come back to all the work that should have been done while they were gone.

Also if you're juggling some fraudulent scheme to steal money from the company, it will probably get discovered when someone else takes over your job for a week.
Good point. My job is a bit different, I'm a scientist, the work I do is long term and no one else currently in the organisation can easily pick it up. If I go away it doesn't really pile up, since projects are long term anyway.


I thought scientists made lots of money, because of Careers, the board game.
It's ok but you're never going to get rich.
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manukajoe wrote:
Work is asking me why I have so much annual leave accrued and is encouraging me to take more time off. Should I be honest and tell them

- going on holiday is too expensive
- I have no one to go with
- except my teenage kids who are hit and miss
- going on holiday is too stressful
- I'd rather be at work around people than at home alone

or should I lie?

I'm sorry they are bothering you. That sucks.

My husband gets this from his work all the time. However, our situation is different because I'm never able to take vacations, and he out of niceness, doesn't take them without me.

I'd be upfront about it. Tell them you'd rather be at work and leave it at that. If they press, then it is on them being impolite and prying, not you.
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I don't know about NZ but in Oz, an employer has the right to force you to take accrued leave. Around Christmas/New Year is the usual time (e.g. a factory will have all of its workers take their year at this time).

Unused leave is also a liability from an accounting viewpoint, which is why many companies like you to take it.


We live in a corporate world.


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Take Wednesdays off, maybe? Most people like long weekends but getting to stay home right in the middle of the week might be easier as you just were at work and you'll also be going to work the next day.
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Thanks Ooops. Sorry to hear about your break up, it's never easy I guess even if it needs to be done. Not easy to find good friends at that time too, sometimes.


Thanks. It's mostly OK. When it comes to friends, even if lacking in quantity, I'm blessed with quality
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Also, whenever I took vacation, everyone always seemed put out that I wasn't going to be at the meetings they scheduled. What, you can't take off THAT day. But 'that' day ends up being EVERY day. And so you have a manager bugging you to take time off and then never allowing it. ... or maybe that's something I read in a Dilbert comic. Some of those are so true to life...
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Take Wednesdays off, maybe? Most people like long weekends but getting to stay home right in the middle of the week might be easier as you just were at work and you'll also be going to work the next day.
Yeah I don't want to spend any more time at home than I already do.
 
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