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Subject: Re: Reason #37 to want to FIRE Date: 10/14/2007 12:58 PM
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As to cancelling vacation, I've done that twice this year
I never did this in 14 years of a corporate career, and it didn't harm me one whit. I had many promotions and ended up running a large department.

In the last year there (my 15th) I only did it once - two months before I got laid off - and it had no effect on my evil boss's decision to force me out, so the correlation between sacrifice for the company and gain is zero IMO.

And think about it this way - would the company sacrifice for you? Not really. It lays off people when it needs to - which may be a sensible business decision. But it also makes the sensible business decision to offer its employees paid vacation time, which one is entitled to use. Not taking it because of dedication to one's job is silly.

And I say this as a dedicated type A personality who typically works at least 60 hours a week, and has done my whole career. Who is not averse to yaking a red-eye to be at a job-site first thing in the AM, or for work travel as needed. But once I plan a vacation, that is it. It stays scheduled barring personal emergencies. And no amount of work pressure would make me change that. Especially after my experience the one and only time I ever did so...
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