We here at ATL are big believers in push-back. Tell the partners and your colleagues about your personal needs and desires, and try your best to take some control over your work schedule. The firm can survive without you.
But the theory behind successful push back is that you are not the most important person at the firm. It seems that one first-year associate didn’t learn that lesson. He sent out the following “vacation memo,” after just three days at the firm:
1. I will depart for vacation on Wednesday, November 26th (the Wednesday before thanksgiving). I plan to return to the office on Tuesday, December 2nd (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving).
2. In case of emergency, I will be staying at [redacted]. I can best be reached on my cell phone at [redacted]. I will be visiting my parents, and their house has a landline [redacted].
3. The secretaries in my pool will open my mail. These are [redacted].
4. I will be answering my own phone at the numbers listed above.
5. I currently have received no matters, though this will undoubtedly change by Thanksgiving.
6. I will send out an update and official vacation memorandum with this information a week before Thanksgiving.
Some helpful advice, after the jump.