I have been trying to schedule vacation time around the holidays for a trip back home to see my family and friends. The problem is that we have a very small IT department at work and we need to make sure that we have enough people with the right knowledge to cover any problems that might come up. Add to that the fact that with around a dozen total people in the department (this is including management, developers, network, helpdesk, etc) there aren't many people who can cover each application.
In my case there are two or three applications that can only be covered by me or one other person. A different person in each case. This makes scheduling difficult when everyone is trying to take the same periods off.
I asked management about particular days and am just waiting to hear back from them after they compare it to all the other requests they have gotten.
Oh, and to throw another wrench into the works... The company's lease is up and so we are moving to a new building this month. And given the small department, and the number of computers involved, management wants everyone in IT to work the Friday (late night) and Saturday of the move to help get things up and running, and tested in the new building.
I am glad I am not the one who has to do the scheduling. However, just because I might understand any reasons I might not get the days I am asking for, it does not mean that I would necessarily be understanding about it.
Here's hoping I get the days I asked for.
P.S. I know I said a while back that I would try not to post stuff about work, but I see this more as a post about the holidays and whether or not I will get to spend them with family than a post about work.