5. Ask nicely. Finally, Propster encourages employees to request, rather than demand, time off. Stating your request calmly can minimize confrontation. And by demonstrating to your supervisor that you care for your workplace's overall productivity as much as you do for personal concerns, you can not only salvage your job, you can enhance your standing with your superiors. "If you try to emphasize your empathy for the employer's side, I think that they will try to reciprocate," he says.