Etiquette for requesting time off before even starting job

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Etiquette for requesting time off before even starting job

Post by Prosopon » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:51 am

I was given a start date for a new job last week and immediately made them aware of a date I absolutely cannot work, which is almost two weeks after the start date. They seemed to be absolutely fine with this. However, I have just remembered my mum has bought me a theatre ticket for another date not long after that. Would it be okay to tell them about this date too or does it look bad? If it's okay, should I do it before my start date, or wait until I have started?

Or should I just keep quiet and keep my fingers crossed that I am not given a shift on that evening?! Obviously the job is more important than the theatre, but I don’t want my mum to have paid for me to go and for me to have to turn it down. On the other hand I do not want to create the impression that I am inflexible and high maintenance!

So I'm not too sure how to handle this situation. Please let me know your thoughts!
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Re: Etiquette for requesting time off before even starting j

Post by alexh » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:56 am

I would apologise and ask... the sooner you do it the more time they have to (re)arrange the rota.

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