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How To Not Be Forgotten When You Go on Medical Leave

Sat, Jun 1, 2002

Going On Leave

So you’ve got this medical procedure that you’ve just go to do, and it means going off on a leave of absence for a few days, weeks or maybe even months (pregnant maybe?). Only problem is, this pesky co-worker who’s been trying to steal your job, offers, opportunities or other job-related positioning that you currently enjoy. Big question is, how do you ensure that your boss / supervisor remembers you while you’re off?

Here’s how to not be forgotten when you go on medical leave:

  • First up, if you’re here in the U.S., Federal Law gives certain safeguards during your medical leave, that depending on the size of the company, your years of service and the state that you live in, your job is protected.
  • That’s on paper, but if the reality is that your Boss is an “out of sight, out of mind” type of person, your best bet might be to check in with the office regularly … check up on the person(s) handling your desk, clients etc. Simply put, be concerned, and stay on the “office radar”.
  • If at all possible (depends on your recovery and the type of job), offer to do maybe even a couple hours of work per week from your home. Obviously this would only be possible if it’s a type of job where telecommuting (via computer) is possible. Also, this is recommended if and only if your physical recovery will not be affected by this.
  • Pray that those who’re handling your desk/tasks will show mind-boggling incompetence, so that your absence will be truly felt and the desire for your speedy return will be great.

Hope these few tips help. We wish you a speedy recovery and that your job will be safe and waiting for you upon your return.

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