"My company will realize it doesn’t need me"
Again, Wally Pipp, your taking time off doesn’t make you expendable. It’s an opportunity to see what others on your team can do. So when you return, you may find that you get to explore new and exciting facets of your job, since your manager learned that others can take up some of your responsibilities.
Going back to Denis’ maternity leave example, she says, “I have a whole new bandwidth now, and I’m able to pursue new projects I couldn’t before.” And if you are expendable? Well, maybe it's time to look for more suitable work anyway.
"There’s not time"
Even the busiest of companies plan to carve out time for employees’ vacations. And while managers might not make a point to encourage people to take vacations, Denis found they don’t discourage it either. The key to everything is planning.