CreteGirl, now I'm curious. Are you the employee or the supervisor?
I am the supervisor of the soon to be ex-employee. I tried to word my question neutrally to get unbiased answers, but I understand why most would assume I was the employee.
My main question: "would you even ask?", was answered with a resounding no. I was curious if the fact that the position is part time and temporary would make anyone more likely to ask for or expect the time off.
The employee in question has been a stellar employee up until this point, although he is still learning the position basics.
I asked him to reschedule his vacation, and he told me it was not possible. I told him this jeopardizes his chances for advancement and even continued employment, to which he had no response.
What he has thrown away is an opportunity that could, after a number of years, turn from an entry level position into a six figure income. He has lost the opportunity to be mentored by someone who has the position he said he someday hopes to achieve.
I'm astounded at how easily he has thrown away an opportunity for career mentoring and advancement within an industry leading company.