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Would I be cheeky to ask if I can book annual leave next year before I start my new job?

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dollybird Tue 21-Aug-18 15:26:52

I'm starting a new job in September. I currently work for the NHS and am going to another NHS organisation. I have already told them about two weeks that I already had booked when I interviewed for the position.

We have discovered that DS finishes college next year a week before schools finish, and DD will be doing her GCSEs so will be finished in June, so thought it an ideal opportunity to have a holiday with them (making the most of it before they no longer want to come with us!) without missing any school/college time.

We have found a holiday we'd like to get booked up before prices change, but as I'm starting a new job, I'd have to wait until I started really. Would it be really cheeky to email my new boss to see if I could get the time off? WWYD?

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SnuggyBuggy Tue 21-Aug-18 15:28:04

In my experience most employers will honour an already booked holiday

dollybird Tue 21-Aug-18 15:46:32

The problem is, it's not already booked, and I already told them about the weeks I did have booked, so this would be additional.

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Bombardier25966 Tue 21-Aug-18 15:52:30

Do they allow holiday requests so far ahead?

There's nothing wrong with asking, but don't book anything until it is agreed.

TacoFriday Tue 21-Aug-18 15:53:55

Cheeky as fuck. I wouldn’t be impressed.

DiabolicalMess Tue 21-Aug-18 15:54:43

I don't think that would go down very well at all OP confused

SnuggyBuggy Tue 21-Aug-18 15:56:14

I don't see the harm in asking, it's not like you are requesting a month off

dollybird Tue 21-Aug-18 15:57:41

Quite possibly not, as it's the next holiday year, I hadn't thought of that. Although, I would've thought lots of people book holidays that far ahead.

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dollybird Tue 21-Aug-18 15:59:32

that was in response to Bombardier

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flowery Tue 21-Aug-18 16:22:43

Can you really not wait a couple of weeks?!

dollybird Tue 21-Aug-18 16:45:55

Of course I can, but l just thought I'd canvas opinion. I equally wouldn't necessarily want to ask in the first few days either. I have met my new boss on quite a few occasions at meetings across our organisations so we aren't strangers. Anyway, I think I will leave it, and wait till I have started and maybe bring it up when we discuss my already booked holiday.

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Momo27 Fri 24-Aug-18 08:46:03

Yes I think you’re right to wait. You’ve already told them about your 2 weeks booked holiday, which they’ll quite rightly honour. But I would think it really cheeky for someone who hasn’t yet started the job to then expect to ‘bagsy’ what could be a prime holiday slot... I imagine there will be other employees with kids finishing exams, or child - free who would prefer that slot- it’s often great weather and a lot cheaper than school holidays. You’d just risk looking a bit grabby I think.

Fatted Fri 24-Aug-18 08:51:43

I'm going against public opinion here and think there's no harm in asking!

Working in the public sector and knowing how far in advance school holidays get booked up, you might be best starting to ask about it now. There's no harm done by sending a quick email if you're already in contact anyway asking what they would advise if you were considering booking a holiday for next summer.

Chasingsquirrels Fri 24-Aug-18 08:55:04

I can't see any issue in asking at all.
If you were already in post you'd ask, it's not as if new employees aren't expected to take holiday - you will be having time off during the year regardless of when you book it. In my view the earlier employees holiday plans are known the better.

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