Tips for Talking to HR People

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  1. Doc

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    Like what things you should say? And what things you shouldn’t say?
     
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    Did you get called into HR tomorrow morning or something?
     
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    Start with a good old fashioned sexist joke
     
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    obligatory they dont work for you
     
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    Doc, what's going to show up in the urine sample?
     
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    "Do you know who you are talking to?" always is a great start.
     
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    Less is more. I would listen carefully, but not say very much, particularly if you think you may have done or said something you shouldn't have.
     
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    I’m trying to get a lengthy leave of absence while not breaking bridges.
     
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    What crazy trip did this new girl talk you in to?
     
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    I would think that having a plan for coverage of your position in your absence would go a long way toward helping your case.
     
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    we had an exec do that a couple years ago but he only got six weeks. Women on maternity leave get 12 or so, so it's not like it's crazy in concept. Like KC said, having a plan for how to delegate stuff away is good.
     
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    As an HR professional, I always appreciate honesty and can’t stand ulterior motives and games people want to play. I would be more agreeable to requests when there doesn’t appear to be an angle that is being exploited.

    Does your supervisor support a LOA? Does your company consider yourself a valuable employee with solid performance? That makes a difference as well.

    A work coverage plan is a good idea. How much time are we talking about here?
     
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    Be prepared for your co-workers to hate you if you leave for an extended period of time and they have to absorb your work while you are gone.
     
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    I've helped cover for a number of maternity leaves and never once been resentful in it. Always viewed it as a good way to expand my own capabilities and develop new opportunities. If the work isn't delegated in a way that is doable for the employees, that's a poor manager.
     
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    Yeah leave for medical/family issues is cool. Normally I just improve the processes when Im covering for people. I was thinking they wanted extended time off to travel but maybe that isnt the case.
     
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    If it's not about a violation then who cares? Go in honest about your intentions about the leave and hope for the best. If you're trying to do something new have a plan in place (with your managers approval) about work covered and how the Leave of Absence will help you be a better employee Yada Yada.

    Be prepared to not get it though if it's not a normal thing. My company gives sabbaticals every 10-ish years so it's semi expected and way easier if you have a compelling reason
     
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    Yep, same. I really enjoyed that part. Also helps that most of the time it was my manager so it was like a promotion audition. Doc very well may want to travel........if it's delegated out well the concept should be the same. I would hope if the opportunity arose that my coworkers would be cool with covering for me as well. And I've definitely taken a couple vacations that were at 2.5 weeks so that's a decent time to cover. And now this week I'm covering for someone. I get that a week isn't the same as six weeks or whatever he wants but IDK, I would hope I could be happy for my coworker...........and figure out how I could do the same some day!
     
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    there's a company up here that pays for a four week sabbatical every four years I think. Problem is they churn and burn people pretty fast so IDK how many ever get to utilize it.
     

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