As a shift worker, you’ve probably noticed that time off — and your ability to schedule said time — depend on one thing, as far as your boss is concerned: Will someone cover the shift while you’re gone? Shift work brings different challenges when an employee needs to step away for a while. If you ask far enough in advance and you follow the rules and protocols, your boss can usually staff your shift for you (otherwise, they aren’t really doing their job as a boss). But if you can’t follow the rules for one reason or another, you may need to find a replacement on your own. Here are a few tips that can help you navigate a tricky process.