Based on the feedback I have gotten at all levels short of the university, things look good on the tenure front. Should that be officially bestowed, I'll be spending part of next year on sabbatical
sleeping planning further world domination. Whereas I had to submit an application for sabbatical that included A Plan, the reality is that I have no sweet clue what I'm going to do yet.
But one aspect that concerns me a little is making sure that my students get the support they need while I am on sabbatical. I think I'll be taking more of the "staycation" approach, but I don't plan to be in my office in the same way that I normally am. I've seen several approaches to absentee lab running and it appears difficult to balance the mentoring with also getting some time away.
So, I'm curious today if people have found methods that are particularly effective, from the PI or trainee side, at meeting the lab needs while on sabbatical without feeling like the PI never left. As it currently stands, I won't still have a technician in the lab at that time to place "in charge".