Human resources is all about employee privacy. We keep information on salaries, performance appraisals, health insurance applications and disciplinary actions. We don’t gossip, and we only share when it’s necessary. We tell employees repeatedly that we’re not counselors, priests or lawyers, so please don’t tell us about your marriage, your sins or your legal issues. But what if we know someone needs help in that area? Then what?
Let’s say Jane has taken multiple sick days in the past month. Do you reach out to her and ask what’s up, when it’s none of your business? But what if her problem is migraines, a condition which can be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Or what if she was hospitalized overnight, which can trigger FMLA eligibility? You’d be doing Jane a favor by talking to her.
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