Time off Request: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Headache

From Traditional to Convenient

  • Printed forms. By far the most traditional (read: outdated) and arguably the least convenient way to request some leave time are the good old printed forms and letters. While certainly not without a certain bureaucratic charm, printing out a form, filling it out, filing it with half a dozen different departments, and praying that it doesn’t get lost under a pile of other paperwork on your manager’s desk sure doesn’t sound very fun.
  • Emails. A more direct and significantly less time-consuming way to request time off is to just send your manager and/or HR person an email. This increases your chances of receiving a timely reply, and spares you the trouble of having to deal with paperwork, but can be a bit difficult to keep track of, considering what a mess an average employee’s inbox is. With both emails and printed forms information on employees’ requests is commonly kept in an Excel spreadsheet or a separate HR system, which can help keep things organized, but could at times lead to some unfortunate mistakes associated with manual data entry.
  • Leave time software. And then there’s actiPLANS — an affordable software solution dedicated entirely to streamlining the time off request and approval process. The whole thing becomes as easy as selecting a date, choosing the type of leave you’d like to take, and pressing a button to send the request to your manager. With a very user-friendly web version and a free mobile app, it allows you to request vacation time from pretty much anywhere, eliminating the frustrating steps and saving you valuable time.

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