Granting Unconventional Request Pays Off

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By Ed Mendlowitz
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One time, one of my young and very bright staff people asked me in the beginning of June if he could take off the months of July and August so he could travel by car throughout the United States. After asking him to repeat this three times, I gulped and told him he could.

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I figured that if I did not tell him he could, he would simply give notice and quit. I also figured that if he returned in September and applied for a job, I would rehire him. I also realized that we have women taking off at least two months at a time to have babies and nothing terrible happens. The world (as defined by my small accounting firm) survives and moves forward.