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I would approach your boss and discuss how you would like to take an opportunity to cross train with your counter part in the event that either of you has to take some time off. There should always be some redundancy. If she is pregnant and your boss knows about it, this will be a way for him/her to go approach the subject without revealing any personal ...


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While I don't see any disadvantage for me to apply the leaves as suggested by him You are taking sick days when you are not actually sick. Maybe this is OK with and encouraged by your manager but what are the consequences of HR finding out? You need to read your employee handbook and find out if sick days at your company can only be used if you are ...


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This is a type of unethical conduct or workplace dishonesty which happens in hierarchical environments where there is little accountability of the greater good and huge accountability from your imminent relations. What it could be about: As pointed by many: boss looking after his workers. He cares about the loyalty of his workers. Loyalty allows him to ...


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A possible schedule is working 9 hours M-Th, and then 4 on Friday, which keeps you at full time. However, you need to find reasons that benefits your company, not you. If you can come up with good reasons that will be beneficial to the company, then present that to your boss. If the ONLY reason is that it will make you happier (because you'll be able to ...


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The writing is on the wall. In Big Neon Letters: sorry, you have no future there. Your company is very nice and transparent about this. They treat you fairly and offer you a very generous deal. Take it and focus on the next adventure in your career. Edit: Just to elaborate, there are two things going on here Your company isn't doing well: They may recover ...


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What will be the consequence of not returning or ghosting my employers while on leave? There's burning bridges and then there's napalming them to a crisp. The exact consequences are going to depend quite a lot on your location and perhaps most importantly what your contract says about things like giving notice. If you happen to be in a situation where you'...


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What will be the consequence of not returning or ghosting my employers while on leave? Your reputation will be shot, and a bad reputation will follow you for years Most industries are very tight knit, and people tend to transfer between companies within the same industries, plus there are trade shows where people talk, et cetera. That is enough of an ...


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You can ask for whatever you like. You may even get it - normally, the "worst case scenario" is that they say "No. And by the way, you're fired as well", but it doesn't sound like you'd think that was the end of the world, so there's pretty much no downsides to asking. However, I'd question if a month's leave is really what you want. As I see it: You'd ...


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Inform them if you want to. Or don't inform them if you would rather keep it private. Do whichever feels more comfortable. You have no obligation to notify your employer unless it impacts them directly. Personally I would make the decision in the same way that I would decide whether or not to tell any other friend, acquaintance, or stranger. I typically ...


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Is there any path I can take to ensure I am prepared to take over her role during her maternity leave? Not directly. Instead, make sure your own work is under control such that you can take on an additional burden if you are asked. Your boss will be the one to decide how to handle her absence. That might include hiring a temp, a replacement, spreading ...


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I am more than ready to work the extra four hours mid week. Not meaning to be picky, but those are not extra four hours. They would be extra if you took them along with your full day at the IT job, but you are proposing to cut the full-time job in half that day (so you will have normal work hours). Being realistic, it's unlikely your IT employer will agree ...


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It is not completely unusual for employees to view sick days as a commodity that are there to be "used up". This is an incorrect view of the world but just about common enough that it is likely your boss genuinely believes that you deserve the sick days as holiday. However... It would be very unusual for this to be an actual company policy and as such you ...


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Just because this has not been mentioned yet, Assuming your company is larger, I have seen organisations where the budget for paid vacation comes directly from your team / manager's budget, but sickness comes from a central company medical expense budget. It could be that your manager is trying to manipulate such a system to have a little more money for the ...


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Not the end of the world. Point out the issue to your boss and the firm's accountant, any correction they feel necessary should be reflected in your next paycheck or in whatever paychecks come after that paycheck. Again, be comfortable pointing out the issue and be comfortable letting them deal with it. Nobody is trying to mislead anyone and anything that ...


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First, I've been communicated that I won't be paid for the summertime forced overtime So answer that communication that you will have to take the two weeks off in lieu of the overtime unless they have another solution. That leaves the ball in their court and you can go forwards from their reply.


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Talk to her. Don't ask about the weight gain. If you don't feel like you know her job well enough to do a good job when she's out, that's enough reason to ask to shadow her for a day or two, pick her brain, etc. Even if she's not pregnant or planning to be out, people do go on vacation for a week or two from time to time, get in catastrophic accidents, or ...


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Your two questions map to two simple problems. Employees fake illness/lateness to use all their leave This is a case where your employees don't want their leave to go to waste - quite understandably, since it's basically 'free money'. I assume from your description that if an employee doesn't use up their monthly leave, it gets discarded. As such, the ...


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While I don't see any disadvantage for me to apply the leaves as suggested by him, it is beyond my understanding whats in it for him? There should be nothing for him personally here. He seems to be trying to build goodwill with the employee (you) by getting more monetary benefits available to you (by having PTO's cashed / carried over) by working the system....


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This is a horrible plan. If you want to leave, provide the proper notice, then leave. Do not just quit without providing any notice. It even looks worse if you take PTO and then not show up to work after. It is considered really bad form, unprofessional, and you can kiss any positive references from them goodbye as well.


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I'm going to take a different tack - because while you do sound like you need leave, it won't really do much in the long term because the job will be there when you get and you will quickly wear down again. You need to fix this situation. You. When you went to your boss, it seems like you said "hey, I feel overworked, I'm losing my motivation, and I'm ...


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The way you ask for two month's leave is a year or more in advance, so your employer has enough time to arrange appropriate cover for your absence. There is simply no professional way to ask for two month's leave at short notice. Be prepared for your employer to quite reasonably reject any request you make; it will then be up to you to decide whether your ...


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You got a months notice, congratulate yourself and begin job hunting and brushing up on your skillset. I'm not about to believe you have no idea why, so I won't go down that track like the other answers.


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There have been some questions here where I told people to not work more than 40 hours a week, because it is inefficient. Your productivity drops. Not only your productivity per hour, but actually your productivity per week. Companies shouldn't require more than 40 hours a week, because it hurts the employee and doesn't actually benefit the company. What ...


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The "definitive" answer: only time can tell. However, if I were you, I'd take this "hint" as a sign that there is not going to be too much positive possibilities. Start brushing up your resume and look for other opportunities. You had a good career there, now time to move on and find another (maybe better, who knows?) workplace.


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Your boss is messing with your professional reputation I don't know if that is their intention, but it is certainly the end result. Taking sick leave straight after a planned holiday generally carries a negative connotation - it is not a good look. Your boss might think they're doing you a favour, but it could give other people in the company the impression ...


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First of all, I wouldn't threaten to leave the company. Let me explain. During a performance review, you are (probably) going to be asked what you like and dislike about your year so far. They usually ask you if you'd like to work on anything specific or just keep doing what you're doing. Granted they might not ask those questions, but it would ...


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Phone them Phone calls build relationships! I know you're uncomfortable with calling them because you haven't done so for so long but this is the perfect way to start re-forging a relationship with them. ... and then e-mail a follow up Once you've called him and given him a gentle reminder about the leave approval be sure to follow up from your original ...


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Be patient. This is the kind of thing that'll probably just work itself out. People don't go from looking like they might possibly be pregnant to taking maternity leave overnight. If your coworker is going to be out on maternity leave, she'll likely let your manager know well in advance of that. If your manager wants you to cover her role, she/he will ...


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What you tell your manager when requesting the leave and what you tell your team about your absence are two different things. If there's a chance your manager won't approve the leave if you just say "hey, I'd like next Wednesday and Thursday off", or if your company separates sick leave and vacation time, then you should tell him you have scheduled minor ...


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