A young girl writes a letter to Google asking them to give her dad more days off—the company’s response is more than she ever expected

October 30, 2017 10:56 am Last Updated: October 30, 2017 6:27 pm

It can be hard to ask your boss for a day off—especially when you work for a major company like Google.

In the summer of 2014, one of the company’s designers was working nearly every day, with only Saturdays off. It’s the kind of busy schedule you’d expect someone in a high-profile tech job like that might have—but the employee’s daughter wasn’t having it.

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The young girl, named Katie, couldn’t understand why her dad had to work so often, even during the summer—and was especially bothered that he had to work on his birthday, falling on a Wednesday.

So she took matters into her own hands.

Using her crayons, she wrote a thoughtful time off request on behalf of her father.

“Dear google worker,” she writes. “Can you please make sure when daddy goes to work, he gets one day off.”


“PS. It is daddy’s BIRTHDAY!” she concludes.

“P.P.S. It is summer, you know.”

Katie’s compelling argument about it being summer made it into the hands of Google’s senior design manager Daniel Shiplacoff—her dad’s boss.

So he replied with an official letter from Google.

In the reply Shiplacoff explains to Katie why her dad has to work so often—that he’s busy “designing many beautiful and delightful things for Google and millions of people across the globe.”

But while they rely on his work, Google was happy to grant the girl’s request—and then some.

“On the occasion of his Birthday,” he writes, “we are giving him the whole first week of July as vacation time.”

That’s a pretty sweet deal. Hopefully the employee had a happy, and relaxing, birthday at home, all thanks to his daughter’s thoughtfulness.

It’s also a good tip to any employees looking for a day off: break out the crayons and let your kids handle it.