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Situation: "My manager grumbles every time I request days off."How to deal:
"Ask yourself if there might be a reason she's reacting this way," says Glickman. Is your work often late and your time off will only delay it further? Or does your request coincide with the company's busiest period? If not, your boss may simply be manipulating you—she might want you to feel guilty, especially if you're going on vacation and she's not.
Rather than taking it personally, strategize early. Give your superior a long lead time, say, three months' advance notice. Then, as your trip gets closer, provide a plan detailing the status of your assignments and who will handle them while you're out. Before you go, make sure you've crossed everything off your to-do list.
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