I used to have the maximum leave to carry over so I would have use-or-lose during the next year but I dealt with breast cancer in 2009 and that left me with no sick or annual leave by the time I was done. I’m still recovering from all those issues and starting to build up a little leave again.
I don’t usually take more than a week off at a time, and then it’s generally to visit family as both my husband’s and my family live far from us. I never totally unplug because I am an approver (no back-up) in our hazardous material program and I can get calls to review an urgent process. Alot of times I will just take a day off throughout the year and I always take a few days between Christmas and New Years to help my friend prepare for her annual New Years party.
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