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Managing illness of employee

Last post January 25, 2014 00:36 AM by Vijaytc. 1 repiles.

January 23, 2014 04:30 AM 1
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Managing illness of employee

Dear All,

I have recently joined a new organization and there is a long serving employee with a terminal illness who is very serious and the doctors have confirmed that he doesn't have much time.

Regret for such a question but incase a terrible incident were to happen, should we allow the other employees to go to the funeral if it falls on a work day and should employees be paid salary for that day?

My management has asked me to be prepared in advance to deal with such a scenario and I need to be ready with a decision.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Sandhya
 

January 23, 2014 04:332
subramani
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Re: Managing illness of employee

I suggest that you discuss with your management team and get them on board to take a mutually agreed decision on such a case. 

January 23, 2014 04:363
nath
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Re: Managing illness of employee

 Dear Sandhya,

Sad to hear this but I would advise you to check with the local labour department if they have any grief program in place for companies. As the employee has had a long tenure with the company, it may be difficult for his colleagues to bear this loss so this too should be taken into consideration as it may affect workplace productivity.

Regards,

Nath

 

January 25, 2014 12:364
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Re: Managing illness of employee

Sandhya, Surely in such an unfortunate incident , surely his close colleagues should be given time off to 'represent ' the company for the cremation. Preferably such a representative can be his immediate supervisor who should be with the employee's family at the moment of grief. Managing such situations should be through practical senses rather than by law book or procedures. Iam not saying the whole office be given off; or if it is happening at a far off place. To touch baiscs , business should always be seen as 'for people' be it employees or local community or customers. Insensitive business practices are un ethical and in humane . Dont you agree ?

regards

Vijay