Time For A Break?

Take a sabbatical and return with an expertise that enriches both you and the company

your boss says no, figure out some other way to meet the need you have for taking the sabbatical,” says Williamson.

Finances. Whether or not your company offers a paid leave, you may need more cash. Look into fellowships and grants. Set up a sabbatical savings account and try to put aside between 10%-30% of your salary, says Williamson.

Stay in touch. While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep in contact with people at the office. Fax information that you run across or send a postcard now and then. Using a notebook computer, White communicated by e-mail with his law associates about pending transactions. “I was even able to keep in touch with board members to make sure that if anything major came up, I was completely in the loop,” he says.

Going back. After your leave, allow yourself some time to readjust before you return to your normal schedule. Apply what you’ve learned to your job and savor the memories. For more information, try these books:

Six Months Off by Hope Dlugozima, James Scott and David Sharp, Henry Holt and Co., $12.95, paperback.

Time Off From Work: Using Sabbaticals to Enhance Your Life While Keeping Your Career on Track by Lisa Angowski Rogak, John Wiley & Sons, $14.95.

The Sabbatical Mentor: a Practical Guide to Successful Sabbaticals by Kenneth J. Zahorski, Anker Publishing Co., $24.95.

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