I had a dilemma. My sister-in-law was getting married five hours away in south Georgia, and I needed a day off so I could make it to the rehearsal dinner on Friday afternoon. But it was the first week at my new job at Big Nerd Ranch, and I wanted to make the best impression possible. I hesitated to ask for the day off, fearing I’d be branded a slacker for asking for time off so soon. Â For a couple of days, I didn’t mention the wedding to anyone and even started to make plans to arrive on Saturday, though I’d miss the rehearsal dinner and quality family time with my in-laws.