Ways to get 6 weeks unpaid time off?

Arthrex JsTE30
Sep 8 18 Comments

A friend works at Facebook and is unsatisfied with the work environment. She has a small kid + 60 hours work week so can't find time after work to prep. She wants to take about 6 weeks of sabbatical/unpaid time off to prep. Anyone did this before? Any hacks to get such a time off approved by manager/hr ? (not great relationship with manager)

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  • Uber uZ9mM
    If your health is affected, go to a doctor and get them to write a note so you can take short-term disability.
    Sep 8 7
    • Facebook phql2379
      For sure. But it’s clear from OP’s note she’s not sick / intends to use it to prep for interviews
      Sep 8
    • Uber uZ9mM
      Whatever.
      Sep 8
    • Oracle fandantan
      Its not fb who pays but a private insurance who does. And it is part of your benefits.
      Sep 8
    • Oracle fandantan
      And it is moral if your’re sick and burnt out is being SICK!
      Sep 8
    • Oracle fandantan
      You just have to prove you are burnt out and you can only do that if you have a long term relationship with your PcP or therapist and they can attest that you have indeed deteriorated to the point of burn out.
      Sep 8
  • Facebook phql2379
    No one is making her work 60 hrs. She can cut back to less hours (probably get a lower rating next PSC but irrelevant if she’s quitting) and prep then. There’s no unpaid leave option
    Sep 8 6
    • Facebook phql2379
      @oracle Facebook doesn’t offer sabbatical per your comment below. I’m sure other companies have this as an option. We don’t so I’m advising based on what’s available
      Sep 8
    • Oracle fandantan
      But at the very least FB offers FMLA (family and medical leave of absence - unpaid) because this is federal. I am
      Surprised fb doesn’t offer a sabbatical. Tech companies do after 5-7 years. Have you read the whole HR manual? Doubt it. I can assure u if u dig through it you will find the sabbatical clause. It is progressive and it is expected now a days somewhere like in tech. I mean, even ORACLE has it.
      Sep 8
    • Facebook phql2379
      We offer paid FMLA (my first comment). There is a version of sabbatical - recharge - but it’s only available after working at the company for 5 years. Assuming this isn’t an option for OP. Calm down, you don’t know everything!
      Sep 8
    • Oracle fandantan
      I do know everything regarding this topic, actually. and I am calm, you may be upset yourself because I corrected you but it wasn’t personal just objective and it wasn’t me being upset, but you. You can’t tell me how to feel or how I feel. Basic skill we learn when we are 3. Feelings are not facts. You cannot tell her/him how they feel. Ok?

      Your first comment referred to paid privately insured short term disability leave and not FMLA. So correcting you again so you don’t spread misinformation. You SINCE then have confirmed, like I predicted, that FB, like Oracle, and like any other company worth their salt offer 1) privately insured short term partially paid disability for 3 months -which is DIFFERENT than FMLA. 2) unpaid FMLA and 3) unpaid sabbaticals which are also different from FMLA.

      I repeat. I do know everything about this topic. What do you have to say?
      Sep 9
    • Facebook phql2379
      You are a pretentious assh*le who is still incorrect on several points but I’m not going to argue with you because it’s pointless. Bye!
      Sep 9
  • Oracle fandantan
    She can either go on privately funded short term disability like they suggest above -if she has a therapist or PCP who can file the paperwork and attest to her physical or mental deterioration- this is paid at 60-75% depending on your private insurance and 3 months is all you get before you have to file for long-term disability which is a lot more complicated and not privately funded. or also take a long-term unpaid leave FMLA to care for the kid or for her husband or mother or her self (family or medical leave of absence) or in some companies also a sabbatical (long term with no pay and no guarantee the job will be available but in theory it will). Doesn’t matter the manager doesn’t like her/him. You just submit it. If you have a valid reason like a doctor’s note for short term disability, or a good reason for FMLA or sabbatical you just go through the process these are YOUR rights and benefits and they are not dependent on your manager.
    Sep 8 0
  • Oracle fandantan
    If she is working 60+ hours a week then maybe she shouldn’t have a kid or she shouldn’t work in tech. She is working hard, not smart and at 60+ hrs a week it is unwise to procreate.
    Sep 9 0
  • Oracle fandantan
    I shall start a business to advice young tech professionals so they can work the system. Would you hire me?
    Sep 8 0