Develop a concept
For executives as well as for employees with less responsibilities, it is very important to start planning your time out early enough. Once you have decided that you want or maybe even need to take a sabbatical, you should think about what exactly you want to do in your time out. Where do you want to go, what kind of program would be interesting for you, do you want to return to your company afterwards? If you need to convince a superior (if you have one), you should especially focus on the last part and think about how you could make your absence from work possible and what kind of working time model would suit your needs and plans best. Moreover you should think of a concept of how to divide your tasks and responsibilities during your sabbatical to offer your superior concrete ideas and suggestions about how your time out could be organized.
Your next step should be to make an appointment with your superior, to talk about your plans and intentions, to develop a solution together and prepare further planning and a possible application for your sabbatical. If your time out is granted and you will be supported by your superior, it is very important to think about ways to divide your tasks and responsibilities, as well as to plan the financing of your time of absence as well as the handling of your insurances. In our blog and on our pages about the planning of a sabbatical you can read more about different models and possibilities.