How to Smooth a Tech’s Return from Family Leave

If you have 50 or more employees, your staff qualifies for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the U.S.’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). When someone takes a protected leave, you know the steps to take — have the employee fill out the paperwork, grant the time off and make sure they understand that no work is required during the leave. When the doctor clears a return to work, you must welcome the tech back to the same (or a similar) position. Easy, right?

First, Be Kind

Even if you follow every step to a T, remember that the return to work can be difficult for anyone.

  • If someone has been off for a prolonged period of time due to an illness, she still may not feel 100 percent even if the doctor has cleared her for work.
  • A person who has been on FMLA to care for a new baby may be emotional about leaving the newborn with a sitter, and a new mom may have lingering health issues.
  • If your employee took leave to care for a sick family member, she may be itching to get back to work, but still feeling emotionally drained from the stress of caring for someone full time. If that family member died, most likely she also will be coping with grief.

No matter what the circumstances, most people coming back from FMLA are going to need a bit more compassion, and a bit more leeway, than usual. Be kind.

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Suzanne Lucas, better known as the Evil HR Lady, spent 10 years in corporate HR where she hired, fired, managed the numbers, and double-checked with the lawyers. She left corporate life to focus on making HR better for everyone. She writes and speaks about how to make your business truly employee focused and how to avoid the pitfalls so many other businesses face. Her work has appeared at Inc.com, CBS News, the New York Times, and many other publications. You can connect with her at LinkedIn, follower her on Twitter, or read her blog, at EvilHRLady.Org

Suzanne Lucas

Suzanne Lucas, better known as the Evil HR Lady, spent 10 years in corporate HR where she hired, fired, managed the numbers, and double-checked with the lawyers. She left corporate life to focus on making HR better for everyone. She writes and speaks about how to make your business truly employee focused and how to avoid the pitfalls so many other businesses face. Her work has appeared at Inc.com, CBS News, the New York Times, and many other publications. You can connect with her at LinkedIn, follower her on Twitter, or read her blog, at EvilHRLady.Org

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