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No guilt over time off

Don't feel bad about taking time off, says Anne Fisher at Fortune. Federal law entitles workers to 12 weeks of annual unpaid leave for personal or family health issues, but it's not uncommon for employees to do without because they don't want to leave co-workers in the lurch. "A lack of support from peers has a tremendous effect on employees' feeling that they can legitimately take time off," says Santa Clara University communications professor Justin Boren. If a family crisis comes up and you need a leave, sit down with your colleagues and boss to "work out what you can contribute to the next project deadline before you take off, how reachable you'll be while you're away, and what additional work you'd be willing to handle when you get back."

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Sergio Hernandez is business editor of The Week's print edition. He has previously worked for The DailyProPublica, the Village Voice, and Gawker.