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Would you leave your job if they did not allow you to go to Glastonbury?

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Although I have never been tested on this one, I have always said that if my employer didn't authorise my holiday request, I would leave work or be sick and risk being sacked to attend.  What would you guys do?

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I left my job when I couldn't get time off. However, I was 18 and working in a shoe shop the summer before I left for uni so was going to be leaving the job soon anyway. Not sure if that counts?

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Maybe a few years ago I would have had that mindset but not these days. Living 30 minutes away, the absolute worst case scenario would be to get there at 5pm on the Friday. I'd rather have two hard nights at Glastonbury and a job come Monday.

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I book my annual leave before anyone else, so always make sure I get Glasto off. :)

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Off sick and avoid social media and coming back to work looking euphoric wearing a Glastonbury tee shirt. Failing that just go for Friday night Saturday and Sunday. 

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We work for ourselves so it's not the same, but summer is our busiest time and this year we are closing for over a week to attend the festival which means turning our backs on a good chunk of income. 

We'll still have jobs when we get back though. 

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If you're at least half respectable employee, then a simple "Give me the time off, or I will be forced to leave my job", should provoke the desired outcome. Actually making clear that you are dead serious that you are willing to leave your job over the matter, should be enough to convince all but the hardiest of managers to grant your leave.

Of course, doesn't work if they wanted to get rid of you anyway.

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My boss last festival refused my leave on the basis another supervisor had booked it off to attend his first Glastonbury ....I was livid and made my strong feelings very well known and I think this probably included threats to leave  .... the following day he told me it was a wind up ... he knew me well ... this year he's cooking me breakfast in the camper van fields as compensation :) 

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Because of my job, I have to be back on the Monday and had to take a day and a half unpaid. Next year, I can't see me getting to the site until Thursday night at the earliest - sad but not worthy of leaving a job I enjoy! 

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Having just started working at a school and absolutely loving it I don't see myself quitting my job to go to Glastonbury even though for me Glastonbury is in a league of it's own when it comes to festivals. 

I knew when taking the job that for as long as I'm in this job I am very unlikely to be able to go to Glastonbury again so this year I am really going to make the most of it.

If I was in a job that didn't require being there in late June/early July then I would find it really hard to understand why an organisation wouldn't give the time off. It's not like Glastonbury is over a peak time of the year for time off and because of the need to try for tickets so long before the festival it means there's loads of notice and therefore even less reasons for the leave not to be granted so if that was the case then I would at least look for a new job and want out ASAP.

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I've certainly made it clear that from my perspective attending Glastonbury is non negotiable. Not really sure how far I'd be prepared to push it if they tried to refuse my leave - I'd certainly pull every string I could and I'm pretty sure it would never come to needing to quit or call in sick if it was just for one long weekend.

But then I've always been careful to cover myself for that weekend so even if my immediate colleagues wanted to go to the festival they'd be too late - I already have leave approved for the 2020 festival and also mentioned the 2021 dates on that same E-Mail.

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3 minutes ago, ourkid1984 said:

Having just started working at a school and absolutely loving it I don't see myself quitting my job to go to Glastonbury even though for me Glastonbury is in a league of it's own when it comes to festivals. 

I knew when taking the job that for as long as I'm in this job I am very unlikely to be able to go to Glastonbury again so this year I am really going to make the most of it.

If I was in a job that didn't require being there in late June/early July then I would find it really hard to understand why an organisation wouldn't give the time off. It's not like Glastonbury is over a peak time of the year for time off and because of the need to try for tickets so long before the festival it means there's loads of notice and therefore even less reasons for the leave not to be granted so if that was the case then I would at least look for a new job and want out ASAP.

I used to be a school governor and was on the board dealing with staff issues like pay and holidays (or perks).There is a lot of wiggle room and often space for compromise, you might have to do a fundraiser or summer/winter fair or two. Just be up front about it. I used to take my 5 kids out as well as taking them out for snowdays. I appreciate it's not the same but your application may fall on similar ears. 

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I would. I have always done shift work for this very reason. Flexibility to do what I want to do.

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17 minutes ago, Rufus Gwertigan said:

I used to be a school governor and was on the board dealing with staff issues like pay and holidays (or perks).There is a lot of wiggle room and often space for compromise, you might have to do a fundraiser or summer/winter fair or two. Just be up front about it. I used to take my 5 kids out as well as taking them out for snowdays. I appreciate it's not the same but your application may fall on similar ears. 

Yeah I suppose I meant I can't bank on being allowed the time off. I work within a small specialist provision which has it's own specialist staff which is great but means there's less options for cover if I have the time off. 

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2 minutes ago, ourkid1984 said:

Yeah I suppose I meant I can't bank on being allowed the time off. I work within a small specialist provision which has it's own specialist staff which is great but means there's less options for cover if I have the time off. 

My philosophy in life is  "you don't get if you don't ask  

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3 minutes ago, Rufus Gwertigan said:

My philosophy in life is  "you don't get if you don't ask  

Oh don't get me wrong I will be asking.

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On the job hunt at the moment so it's a bit awkward as my mum's booked us on a family holiday at the start of June so a bit wary a prospective employer might say no to two weeks off in June.

It's a good job I don't like my family that much...

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I changed jobs back in 2010 - I asked for Glastonbury week as annual leave in the interview, which was agreed. 

When I started, I found my boss (who had interviewed me) had booked his holidays the same week, and I was required in the office. 

I didn't kick up a fuss, and had a BBQ, watched Gorrillaz on the TV (seemed good on the box), sank too much Brothers cider... Disappointed but made the best of it. 

I have made sure that a repeat hasn't occured since. 

Having just been through a fairly difficult job hunt, and keeping an eye on mortgage payments while doing so, I would not give up a paid position to attend the festival. If leave was (unfairly) refused, I might go hunting for a more understanding company next time ahead of the following festival.... 

Would I throw a sickie if I think I could get away with it? Of course. Would I get away with it the amount I talk about Glastonbury? Not a chance. 

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I would ask for Tuesday to Monday off if they said no I would haggle until I got at least some time off. Even if it was just Friday or Monday I could still make a good glasto out of that.

this year will be my first reduced days year due to child care, planning going Thursday morning instead of Tuesday morning and coming back Sunday night. Missing Tuesday night campervanning and Wednesday bimbling is going to be hard.

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My job comes to an end at the end of next month so I'm currently on the look out. As I've known this was coming for some time, we concentrated on paying off the mortgage so am lucky enough not to be in a desparate situation. 

I wouldn't take a job this year if I'm lucky enough to be offered one and they won't allow me 6 days at the end of June but who knows what the future holds.

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Fortunately it's never been an issue, but probably not. I value my current job too much and I'm fortunate to enjoy it.

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I’m a self employed electrician, I’ve been self employed too long now and I think I’ve become unemployable. I don’t ask I tell people I’ll be off at x date, if they don’t like it I’ll wrap my gear up start another site the next day. 

 

 

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