Leave of Absence Letter For Personal Reasons (+7 Reasons)

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This article will take a look at the main reasons as to why it would be considered appropriate to take a leave of absence for personal reasons. The article will also provide tips on how to undergo this process so as to seem professional and also provide samples of relevant letters to guide the readers.

Leave of Absence Letter For Personal Reasons 

Here is a list of personal reasons to take a leave of absence:

  • Family Emergency
  • Religious Commitments
  • You Feel Sick
  • Nearing Burn Out
  • Back Pains
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • No Babysitter
  • Bad Stomach

Before we take a look at these reasons in detail, we will explain how to take a leave of absence so you look professional and increase your chances of getting it!

How To Make A Request For A Leave Of Absence?

Here are some things you need to do when taking a leave of absence:

  • Think of a Good Reason: Make sure that your reason to take a leave is actually important. If you are taking a leave of absence because you just feel like spending time with your husband or want to take your dog to the vet, it might look unprofessional and make your boss think twice about how you list your priorities!
  • Think Well Ahead Of Time: Make sure you make the request long before you actually need to go off of work. In some cases like an emergency this will be impossible however, for reasons that are known well ahead of time, make sure you inform your manager timely so they can make arrangements for the days you wont be at the office.
  • Complete Your Work: To increase your chance of getting a leave of absence, make sure you are getting your work done on time. This not only leaves a good impression on management but also makes them like you more and of course increase your chances of getting a leave – after all, everyone likes to keep good employees happy right? Also if you can, try and complete future tasks especially the ones during the period when you need to take a leave.
  • Draft A Great Request: Yes! It is important you draft a great letter that has the important ingredients to ensure you convince your boss you really do need a leave of absence. We will take a look at this in more detail in the upcoming section!

Sample Letters – How To Write An Application For Leave Of Absence For Personal Reasons?

In this section we will demonstrate how to write an application for a leave of absence by providing popular samples!

Sample 1 (Email)

Dear [Manager Name],

I would like to request a leave of absence for personal reasons. I plan to leave on [start date] and return on [return date].

During my absence, John will be covering for me. I spoke to him and he is more than happy to assume my responsibilities during my absence.

Thank you very much for understanding.

Best Regards

Sample 2

Aug. 8, 20XX

Roberto Diaz

ABC Company, Inc.

1234 E. Main St.

San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Mr. Diaz,

I am writing to request a one-month leave of absence for personal reasons beginning Monday, Sept. 10, and ending Wednesday, Oct. 10. I will be having surgery—my surgeon has ordered a minimum three-week recovery period (see doctor’s signed recommendation attached.)

I am happy to assist in handling any necessary preparations before beginning my leave, including training colleagues on upcoming projects. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Dave Smith

Sample 3 (Email)

Subject: Leave of Absence Request—Michaela Fox

Dear John,

As we discussed, I am requesting a personal leave of absence from work from January 15, 2020, through February 28, 2020.

If approved, I will return to the office on March 1, 2020. I’d be glad to assist with planning for covering my responsibilities when I am away.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Best,

Michaela

Sample 4 

Your Name

Your Address

Your City, State Zip Code

Your Phone Number

Date

Name

Title

Organization

Address

City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. [Last Name]:

I would like to formally request a two-month leave of absence for personal reasons. If possible, I would like the leave from work to begin on August 1, 2019, with a return date of October 1, 2019.

If approved, I will be staying with family in [Any City] during this time period, and I would be glad to assist with any questions via email or phone whenever possible.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Sample 5

Feb. 1, 20XX

Deborah Jones

ABC Company, Inc.

1234 E. Main St.

San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Ms. Jones,

I am submitting this request for a leave of absence to tend to important matters beginning next month. If possible, I would like to take my leave beginning March 15 and return to the office on April 3, 20XX.

I can make myself available intermittently to answer questions via phone or email, and am happy to do whatever necessary to ensure a smooth transition before my leave begins.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Johanna Jansen

Depending on your medium of writing the application and your company culture or requirements, please choose the appropriate sample as a guide to help you write the best application for a leave of absence!

Leave of Absence Letter For Personal Reasons 

Here is a list of the personal reasons to take a leave of absence:

  • Family Emergency
  • Religious Commitments
  • You Feel Sick
  • Nearing Burn Out
  • Back Pains
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • No Babysitter
  • Bad Stomach

Let us take a look at some of these in detail!

Family Emergency

Family always comes first and this is something everyone understands – even your boss! If your child had an accident or needs you at their school then it is probably a good idea to leave work early and ensure everything is alright. In some cases you may not have children but you are a caregiver and hence need to go home early sometimes – you may have a sick parent or your wife may be experiencing complications during pregnancy. 

It is best to discuss early arrangements with your boss and co-workers so that you are given most of your work during the early hours of the day. This is important and should be done so that if you need to take the day off then you already know what you have to do in your free time at home.

Religious Commitments

In today’s diverse global village, people from all over the world are working in your office. Some people belong to different cultures, religions, nationalities and ethnicities, however, they all have some sort of religious or cultural commitment to attend to. In this case, employees should understand that if they need to cater to such commitments then there is no need to hesitate because this is something most, if not all, people experience and hence is a good reason to leave work early. 

You Feel Sick

If you feel sick then it is probably the best reason to take a sick leave. Oftentimes feeling sick is the first symptom of something much worse to come – you might throw up later, get a high fever or an extremely upset stomach. Hence, it is best to ask for a leave at the first feelings of uneasiness in your body and stay home where you can better care for yourself or get the peace and privacy you need to feel better.

No Babysitter

This is another problem most households, especially in the Weste, face where they can’t find someone to sit their child, especially if the child is taking the day off from school or has a holiday due to some event. This creates problems because in no way can a parent leave their child home alone.

Bad Stomach

Feeling sick is one thing but if you know your stomach is upset and you end up going to work, the consequences could be many! Don’t take the risk and stay home. Working more or increased physical activity during such times can worsen the condition.

Conclusion

This article took a look at the many reasons why someone would need to take time off from work. Furthermore, the article also explained how to request a leave of absence in the best manner to increase one’s chances of getting it. The article then proceeded to provide popular samples on how to write an application.

Other resignation letters you may be interested in

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Sample of resignation letter with reasons

References

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-to-request-a-leave-of-absence-from-work-2060471

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