4. Notify team members. If you're the key player in a team project expected to take weeks or months to execute, taking leave without alerting your peers can prove damaging. You'll hurt your productivity as well as that of your colleagues. That's why Propster encourages employees to touch base with their co-workers before taking time off. "Especially if you're on a team," he says. "I think the team is well-served to take time and say, 'What if one of us were gone?' How can we fill this [void] so the team can still be as productive as possible?'"
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.