Last Updated Mar 18, 2008 1:34 PM EDT
A very popular employee had to leave to care for a terminally ill parent. The company only offered two days of paid sick leave for this scenario, but management decided that people could voluntarily donate one of their sick-leave days to this employee to allow her to extend her stay. Many, many people did. A few months later, a very unpopular employee was in the same scenario, but few people anted up their sick-leave days for him.
Without intending to, management had turned this sick leave donation policy into a popularity contest.
Your Dilemma: You're the boss at this company, and your unpopular employee is left in a bad situation with no more donated sick-leave days, and can't afford to take unpaid leave. You feel responsible for helping to create this scenario that has only created more pain in this tough time.[poll id=25]Have an opinion on this dilemma? Leave it in the comments section.
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