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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Our New Sick-Leave Policy Will Be Controversial. How Should We Handle the Fallout?

March 29, 2010
My workplace is changing our current sick-leave policy, which formerly required a doctor’s note for absences of three days, to now require a doctor’s note for every sick day, unless it’s previously scheduled and approved. Since people can’t predict when they’ll be sick, this means a doctor’s note will be required every time. As a supervisor, I dread having to present this new policy to my staff. I don’t agree with the policy myself, so how do I present it and deal with the decrease in morale that will surely result?
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