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Recently, I decided to take the first two-week-long vacation of my professional career, and in full transparency, I was terrified.
Sample Day-Before Vacation Email<p><em>Hi team,</em></p><p><em>Just sending everyone a note, as I am planning to be in Mexico for the next 2 weeks.</em></p><p><em>Also as we support all of our team members in our work-life balance, I think it is important to share what that means for each one of us. It is OK to take time off and be fully off. It is OK to take time off and work a little to stay on top of your burning priorities. It is OK to sometimes do one and sometimes do the other.</em></p><p><em>So for that reason, it is very important to set clear expectations with your teammates on what your PTO style is/ or will be this particular time you're going away. To demonstrate this principle, here is what my next 2 weeks off mean:</em></p><p><em><strong>1) Ask for help, and allow me to triage</strong></em></p><p><em>Even when I am on PTO, you can always reach me, you're not bugging me. I am extremely good at protecting my time, and making a judgment call whether the issue you're bringing to me needs me to get engaged while I'm away or it can wait. I am good at putting my phone on silent when I need to nap. So don't hesitate to reach out when you need me.</em></p><p><em><strong>2) How to Ask for Help</strong></em></p><p><em>For this to be effective don't say things like "Hi are you there?":) that doesn't give me enough intel on whether this can wait or not</em></p><p><em>Phrase it more like:</em></p><p><em>"Hi we just heard back from XClient, and their legal department is requesting something that I don't know how to answer" - obviously as much detail you can provide so I can help even without getting on a call is helpful.</em></p><p><em><strong>3) Don't make me log in to different softwares</strong></em></p><p><em>Most of the time you will be reaching me on mobile, so don't send me salesforce links - send a screengrab of the relevant info instead. If you need me to send an email to a client, draft it for me, with all the relevant attachments, etc</em></p><p><em><strong>4) Err on the side of over transparent</strong></em></p><p><em>That is kind of repeating the first point, but I much rather know about an issue you're dealing with, and have the opportunity to get involved (and perhaps decide I won't), then later hear "I didn't want to bother you while you're on PTO". Transparency and over communication always wins.</em></p><p><em><strong>5) My schedule</strong></em></p><p><em>July 1-5 - planning to be more deeply off. I will not be taking internal check-ins/ group calls</em></p><p><em>July 8-12 planning to take customer-facing and sales-related calls. I might need to prioritize the bigger ones. Not taking internal check-ins/ group calls</em></p><p><em><strong>6) Escalate the medium, not the message.</strong></em></p><p><em>Feel free to WhatsApp me or text me for anything pending from me if you don't get a response in slack. This is true any day of the week, and some of you use it more effectively than others. Seriously, leverage the escalation points!! If you're texting me too much I will tell you (no one has texted me too much in the past. :) )</em></p><p><em>Thats it team, you know where to find me.</em></p>
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