You may need to obtain a leave of absence from work at some time. It might be due to a variety of factors, like personal or family health issues, the birth or adoption of a child, severe job stress, the losing a loved one, or the desire to travel or develop an interest. No matter the underlying reason, being absent from work is normal.  Everyone is absent sometimes. It is OK. 

You can request a leave of absence from your employer if you need to be away from work for an extended length of time. Convey your rationale for absence appropriately to enable your employer to prepare for your absence.

Many employers offer paid time off to their employees. Not all leave benefits are mandated by law. Some are employer-provided optional incentives. Employee work hours are governed by UK standards and industry rules. They set the maximum number of hours that may be worked before taking a break, as well as the circumstances in which you can take time off. Working Time Regulations, or WTR, is the name given to certain labor rules. As a rule, each worker in the United Kingdom is entitled to at least 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave.

You may be able to request time off from work, depending on the business. Alternatively, you may need to go through a formal process to be accepted for a leave of absence. A leave of absence is usually the result of an agreement between an employee and his or her employer.

To request a leave of absence from your workplace, follow these steps:

1. Check company policies

2. Discuss with your boss. Talk about whether you should take a leave of absence and how you should go about doing so.

3. Make a written request for the purpose of taking a leave of absence. It will be recorded in your personnel file so that you may start the formal leave-of-absence procedure and supply paperwork before your leave is approved.

4. Give notification ahead of time

5. Offer your assistance in planning how you’ll handle your workload while you’re gone.