Since we were acquired by Merrill Lynch, we had no real way to track our time off. Most business units at ML are essentially on the "honor system" of sorts when it comes to claiming vacation time, sick time, and personal days.
Well, at First Republic, our HR department really wanted a way to track our time off, other than to have to manually create individual spreadsheets for managers and supervisors based off what was marked in the payroll system.
The solution: Use an existing solution that some business units at ML use to track time off. We submit our requests on this intranet site and our direct reports approve or deny the request. Plus we get to see on the system who's out and who's covering for them, if designated.
Anyway, according to TOM (Time Off Management), I have 22 vacation days left and 2 personal days left. I didn't use any of my vacation days last year so I had a ton carried over this year. However this total includes not just what vacation time I have already taken, but what vacation time I already have scheduled and approved.
So the upcoming trips that I have been approved time off for need to be planned...
Orlando in June for Gay Days
Other trips I need to plan for, pending approval in TOM...
New Orleans in August for Chris's (Crhale
) bachelor party
Possibly the NYC Flyertalk Gayla in September
LA/Anaheim for Gay Days in October
And a week after xmas trip -- destination TBD.
Yeah, I know... some of you are jealous :P j/k