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Please note: all articles are written on SimpleStepsForLivingLife are ONLY my opinions and should NEVER replace that of a medical professional. This series of posts are about what I have learned from having surgery and being about to have surgery again. I am not a medical professional at all, please consult with your doctor or a medical professional when it comes to anything to do with your health.
Having non elective surgery can take some time whether that just be one day for an outpatient procedure or 12 weeks for a major operation. Regardless the length of time, this means you might be unable to work for a period of time and if not. You will still need to take off for the actual surgery date and hospital stay so you will need to be informing your work before surgery. You may or may not have short-term disability and the company may or may not offer paid leave. Maybe you have to “save up” enough sick time or vacation time. These are all things you need to research prior to surgery.
Whatever the situation for short-term disability, sick, or vacation time, if you need surgery, you will need to take time off and, of course, informing your work before surgery is imperative. By now in the process of preparing for surgery, you should have a date that you and your doctor set for the surgery. Some companies might try to fire a person when they have major surgery that could put them off work for more than a week or two, but this generally could be illegal. Check this website for more information regarding your rights.
There are several things to consider when you are ready to ask for leave for the surgery date – What is your employer’s policy for time off? Are you working on projects that need to be handed off to a coworker while you’re gone and how can you help facilitate that?
Now it’s time to figure out how to talk with your boss regarding time off. This can all depend on your present relationship with your boss. Are you work friends? Do you speak much? Are you part of a large team that may or may not have much contact with a supervisor? Regardless of your relationship, make sure your official communication is in writing regarding the dates that you will need off. Also check the human resources policy for your employer regarding how to officially ask for time off. You may need to fill out forms or send an email or a whole host of things depending on the company you work for. Never, never, only verbally ask for the time off. Put it in writing! Even if you and your supervisor are BFFs(Best Friends Forever), you could be jeopardizing not only your friendship, your career, but also your surgery if you don’t put in writing when you will be needed the time off. Along those lines, double check the surgery date with your doctor’s office prior to sending the message to your boss to verify they have not needed to move you on their schedule(it can happen).
Again, remember to check with your company’s policy for time off regarding surgery, find out the required forms or way required to ask for time off when informing your work before surgery, and be sure to put in writing when you are asking off for the surgery regardless of your employer’s policies.
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