I took every helping of leave I rated and then went back for extras at the "personal time off" dessert bar. And when our commands added Outlook web access for reading e-mail from remote locations, I immediately timeshifted my activities to avoid rush hour.
A typical phone conversation around 4 PM:
Boss: "Are you at your desk right now?"
Me: "As far as you can tell."
As my retirement date approached I let the leave pile up to take a honkin' 100 straight days of time off, and I sold back the extras. Knowing what I know now about the defense joint military pay system I would advise against selling leave back.
Originally Posted by Caroline
This follows on the heels of a conversation I just had with my boss.* After 25 years with Megacorp he has earned untold weeks of vacation (he doesn't remember how many weeks per year, total), and he's just NOW taken a week off after two YEARS without a week-long-or-better vacation.
I had two noteworthy bosses whose continued presence was judged by them to be vital to the continued functioning of the entire U.S. Navy. One of them regularly lost 20-25 of his 30 days of annual leave and was in the office until midnight of the "last day" before retirement to make sure his relief was "up to speed". Of course his relief had left for the golf course at 2 PM.
The second boss had two prosthetic hips (rheumatoid arthritis) that contracted staph infections (I suspect due to overwork and prolonged sitting/lack of exercise). Rather than stay home on bedrest infusing antibiotics to kill the infection, he persisted on manning his office desk and overworking himself into the emergency room. The orthopedic surgeons avenged themselves by removing not one but BOTH hip prosthetics, which put him on crutches & electric scooters for six months. He kept rescheduling his replacement surgery and finally retired in the damn scooter.
He got a nice retirement award but we put his wife in for a Legion of Merit with a Purple Heart. Talk about hazardous duty above & beyond the call...