Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Hello. I’m going to respond; first, assuming that your organization offers Personal Time Off or Personal Leaves of Absence (LOA) as an employee benefit. If so, I would recommend that you first inquire with your HR representative on how the process works at your company. For example, some organizations may have an internal application to request such time off that you would need to complete. So the email will be a request for guidance on the steps you need to submit a request for personal leave and also a request for pertaining documents. Communicating with your supervisor that you are in the process of requesting a personal leave is important for business continuity and planning purposes, plus it shows you are courteous and considerate of those who work with you.
In case your organization does not have a formal process to request personal leaves, your direct supervisor or HR representative should be able to best explain how things work at your company. An email request to either would include a statement that you are interested in requesting personal time off and an inquiry on whether the organization offers such benefit and how to apply for it, if available.
Also, you may need to consider learning about the qualifying factors for personal leaves or medical leaves of absence within the State you work for. Depending on the nature of your personal leave, your company’s HR representative would be able to direct you in the right path and to the correct paperwork required for the several leaves of absence covered by either Local, State, or Federal laws.