Q. “One of our employees is going through a divorce. She’s making more mistakes at work and is overly sensitive to constructive criticism. I think she needs a vacation—can we require it? Any suggestions on how to help her without sacrificing job performance?” — Jocelyn, Mass.
Answers from readers of The HR Specialist Forum:
Vacation: No. EAP: Yes. “As logical as a vacation sounds, it may give her lots of free time to ruminate about her difficulties. That might actually increase her stress. Since her performance is slipping, I would make a referral to the . To ensure that she attends her sessions, I’d make it what we call a Job Jeopardy Evaluation. That way she gets the help she needs, which hopefully will mitigate the impact that the divorce has on her performance.” — Tony
Extend flextime. “I’d recommend she be allowed to work from home or use some flextime so she can rest when ne...(register to read more)