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Considerate employers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Angilion, 29 Jun 2012.

  1. Angilion

    Man of Honour

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    So...there are plenty of stories about rubbish working conditions under terrible employers. I'm in a cheery mood so I'm going to start the opposite.

    I went in to work at ~1700 one day this week (half a day off as I'd done a few extra hours) having just found out that my boiler had broken. I had to have a cold shower and go to work.

    My employer's response was to offer me the next day off so I could be in for an engineer. Paid - he'd arrange it so it was part of my annual holiday leave.
  2. bloodline76


    Joined: 7 Feb 2004

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    Hardly boss of the year, letting you have time off with your entitled holiday leave.


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    I'd share some stories but my employers have my email address so... :D
  4. Joshct

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    Most employers won't let you take holiday O.o?
    My job i can turn up in the morning and ask for the afternoon off as holiday and it's np, or as i'm leaving ask for the next day off... Doesn't bother them as it's my holiday allowance.
  5. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

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    Location: Staffordshire

    So long as I work my monthly hours I can come and go as I please (without taking the Michael). Need that half day off to go pick something up? Just tell my director that I'm going. Worked an extra 8 hours over the course of the week? Have a day off. Fancy starting at 7 and finishing at 3 (or starting at 11 and finishing at 7)? Just go ahead.
  6. Joshct

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    Same entirely :) It's awesome isn't it :D
  7. krooton


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    Location: Leafy outskirts of London

    It has been like this for the past 3 years with my awesome (now gone) manager. Gave me a free half-day when my gf's grandad died (company policy is only for direct family) and a free day off for his funeral.
  8. Castiel

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    How nice of him......giving you paid leave...That is part of you legal entitlement anyway.
  9. SpeedFreak


    Joined: 14 Nov 2002

    Posts: 7,037

    Location: Bristol

    Mine gives us Christmas through to the new year off as additional holiday, flexible working conditions and soon Herman Miller Mirra chairs :) I have nothing to complain about, we are very well looked after.
  10. aproctor


    Joined: 26 Apr 2008

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    Location: Lincolnshire

    They don't have to give it at short notice though.
  11. Mrs Seabiscuit

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    If your a nurse such as myself, you cant just say toodles im not coming in tomorrow, as that would leave the ward short staffed.
    We have to book our holidays at the start of the tax year but saying that if there was an emergency they try to accommodate you, but cant always so yeah some jobs you cant just have holiday. :)
  12. MrMoonX


    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

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    wow employer of the year for letting you use your holiday entitlement lol

    my employer has special leave for things like that, its basically up to 5 days a year for emergencies, sick kids etc thats on top of an already generous 32 days leave <3 civil service terms and conditions :)
  13. [FnG]magnolia


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    Is this the punchline? Please, tell me this is the punchline.
  14. Docaroo


    Joined: 27 Jun 2005

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    Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

    I'm currently working from home in Stockholm at my girlfriend's house here as she is home for summer (studies in Scotland).

    Because I've been travelling a lot my manager doesn't mind as long as I actually do work since I get to see her! (she's working during the day too).
  15. Zero Pope

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    Nice to read a thread that isn't whining about work. But as others have said, letting you have holiday does not make them a decent boss.
  16. Castiel

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    No, but it is hardly altruistic....in fact it probably suited the employer which is why it was offered.

    There are plenty of firms who either offer 'short notice personal days', 'flexible working' or similar and do not take it out of your holiday entitlement.

    The point being it doesn't make the employer particularly considerate as the OP contends as there are plenty of examples that show true consideration other than simply allowing short notice statutory holiday leave for emergencies...which is pretty standard good management practice.
    Last edited: 29 Jun 2012
  17. Malc

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    Exactly. The fact that you consider it a good deed is testiment to the terrible management you've had in the past.
  18. Meridian

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    Many bosses only allow leave booked long in advance.
  19. Sudden


    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

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    Location: London

    This. I'd say allowing you time off on such short notice is pretty good. (But what do I know. I'm an intern and in my first real job :p)
  20. Yamahahahahaha


    Joined: 11 Oct 2008

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    Location: London

    We try to be as flexible as we can with holidays (notified or otherwise), and in return we like to have a bit of flexibility with contact when they're out of the office.

    A good company with good procedures and policies should not worry if staff take time off.

    It's more awkward for us if people want to take long term leave (3+ months), because finding competent staff willing to take relatively short contracts is difficult.