How does my company benefit?
Besides these organizational aspects, it is very important to work out the benefits that your time out carries for your employer and maybe for the entire company. If you, for example, think that you are way more decisive in general, but right now you are just too stressed out to think clearly, this might be a convincing argument for your sabbatical. You can use your time out to refresh in order to come back relaxed and ready to deal with problems and spontaneous changes in a more creative way. In this context a sabbatical can also be seen as a preventive measure against physical and psychological stress related diseases. Instead of feeling miserable due to all the stress you are in, you will return fresh and highly motivated with new ideas and new esprit. Moreover, you will increase your crisis handling skills, as you will be confronted with sudden complications on your trip, like losing your luggage or having to cope with a chaotic local transportation system. Or maybe you want to engage in a project that you will benefit from afterwards. For example, your Spanish skills will be much better after your South America trip which will enable you to communicate with your Spanish clients even better. Or how about establishing a new ice hockey youth team that will for once increase your organizational skills but also your leadership abilities?
Another good argument can be the promotion of young staff members that are willing to temporarily take over some of your responsibilities and tasks. Due to the time limitation they can gather experience and demonstrate their abilities. Furthermore, your employer can benefit from your sabbatical directly as his or her effort for employees will contribute to a positive reputation and will also increase their loyalty.
This is of course an argument that you don't need to mention directly but nevertheless it can be said that an improved working atmosphere is a beneficial side-effect of an employer committing to his or her employees. Moreover, this might even give young and talented specialists incentive to work for this company. In the relevant sector your time out can also be a relief if the number of contracts is low and you can reduce overtime. By planning your sabbatical for such a time of the year you may even contribute to the prevention of layoffs.