Here at The Tax Chic I urge you to take care of yourself, and if you are unwell then you certainly should avail yourself of your personal leave – I only ask that you be respectful to your employer by informing them as early as possible that you will be absent, adhere to your employer’s policy and use the time you take to genuinely rest and recuperate so you are refreshed and rearing to go on your return. If you are concerned that your need for time off is being caused by deeper issues (such as stress), now is the time to speak up.
Australia (and New Zealand) are among the most generous in the world when it comes to leave entitlements, but it doesn’t take much of a staff absence to really impact on the performance of a small business.
It’s one thing to state that businesses should be prepared for all contingencies, but contingencies cost money, money many small businesses simply don’t have.
So please be fair (this is a message for both employees and employers).