Hi,
Recently we came across a situation in our Company where an employee got diagnosed with Tuberculosis (T.B).Being a science student i know that TB is Spread through breaths and it will be a very rigorous situation for the patient where he has to take n number of precautions like not to speak directly with anybody (As others will be hesitant to do so) ,have to go through 9 months medication with other precaution.
Now as i and my boss got to know the situation as we were personally keeping a good rapport with him , we are left two options
First - To ask him to resign and rejoin once he is cured (where he will be facing a financial crisis as salary is the only source of income)
second - to let him continue without informing others about the disease(At the cost of other employees'health and hygiene)
Please suggest as we have been asked for a couple of days time to take a stand on it.
Regards
Raul

From India, Madras
Hi Raul,
Really this is difficult situation. HR people are not only decision makers but also they have to be good counsellor to help & handle this type of situations. You should have personal talk with him with out hiding anything, give him idea about the future effects.
If possible you can change his job sothat other will not affect else the first option is suitable. But same time you have to take care he will accept the fact & not get into depression.
Swati

From India, Nasik
Hi Raul

Indeed a very difficult situation to handle! As a HR person, you have to take care that u follow ethics as well as take care of your resource.

As you said precaution is needed to get cure from TB, do u think if he continues to work in the office, he will get cured in 9 months? It may happen that his condition worsen and now its the winter so it can take a rise also.

Would it be possible that u ask the person to take leave /or resign for atleast two months so that his condition gets a little better. In the meanwhile all the staff can contribute some amount for him.

The other option would have suited if u knew nobody will catch the disease. But u don't know what can happen and u may also lose precious other men because of it. Also do u think that people will not come to know about his health and disease. It will make a bad impression on HR.

I know its a tough decision but I hope others will also pour in suggestions and u can choose whatever u think is useful.

regards

Anuradha

From India, Delhi
Hi Raul,
According to me ,you should go for the first option.
To add on , you can work it out by paying "Salary in Advance" by getting the necessary documents signed by him or if your company permits "Work from home facility" ...nothing like it :) .
regards
Roma

From India, Mumbai
Hi,
I think our medical science has improved a lot. Ask the affected employee to take regular check up. believe me though it is contagious, it is not fair to ask anyone to resign. i had my room mate having the same issue. i stayed with her all smiling for one year. i never got it. the care she has taken was she will never cough directly on me. infact i shared food also, but no problem i had.
If you will let all the people know, you will be forced to get the employee resigned from the office. instead counsel him of what are the things he should take care of (as per doctor advice).
Why not think like Mother Teresa who helped the leprosy people even when the medical science in india was not good?
Why thinking negative when we have raised our standards?

Regards
Dr. Kavita Shanmughan

From India, Madras
Asking an employee to resign and join back is not a joke. What will happen to his eligibility for pension and gratuity. There will be a break in service. This, according to me is not a prudent solution. Being in HR, we should not behave as god.
As far as my understanding goes, he can avail medical leave after obtaining certificate from a certified medical practistioner. Organizations provide for such options. Medical science has advanced a lot. With its help disease can be cured in much simpler ways these days.
Certain precautions needs to be taken as suggested by Dr. Kavita Shanmughan.
I dont think asking some one to resign is a prudent solution. Anyone of you can also contact such disease. will you resign from job and then join again??? Think about it!!!!
Regards,
Nilendra


Hi, Suggestions by Dr. Kavitha & Mr.Nilendrachand are really practical and absolutely professional. Please go ahead with that and have a personal session with the employee
From India, Bangalore
Hai Raul,
Asking an employee to resign his job for his health condition in this issue is not fair for an HR Professionali i think
Please ask him to have regular medical checkups
Nothing is inpossible in this world now
Ask him to avail for MEDICAL LEAVE... B'coz employees are valuable for the organization
I also agree with Dr. Kavitha as if all others in ur office comes to know this then u'll be in trouble to make him resign his job... So ask him to avail medical leave which is the best
Consult with ur M.D and come to a good conlcusion
Thanks with Best Regards,
Arunaa...

From India, Madras
Hi,
Asking to resign from the job is not the right decision. In fact the employee really needs the support of the employer now. Please discuss with the management and come to a amicable plan wherein the employee does not suffer economically. Certain decesions has to be taken on humanitarian grounds, everybody is living in this world like a water bubble, no one knows what happens the next moment. The organisation should not be calculative in these aspects.
regards,
Chidanand

From India, Bangalore
Hi People,

Thans for your reply. I have spoken to him personally and we are good friends in office too.But the situation in not permitting me to ask him to continue in job as he is too feeling down by the fact. Even i have approached for help too.But he is really hesitant either to leave or to resign as he has a financial crisis following tis condition.

Many people have suggested to grant medical leave but in my company we dont have any classification in leaves inturn we allow 2.5 leaves per month and the guy is having only 10 leave balance in his account. so the option is striked off.

thirdly if i approve his leave for two month on a special case too his illness will only increase as its the initial phase in TB.SO the time he will rejoin the contamination will be more intensive.

As far as full treatment is concerned it will take 9 months to cure him as experts say but under proper medication only.

Again advances we can grant advance that is max upto 3 months basic salary which will be recovered in 6 equal installments in the consecutive months.But for that he need to work continuously.

I dont find any other option other then grant him 2 months leave on special ground where he will be getting a compensatory salary (Only Basic)but after that i need to resume office else resign and settle the amount. I have asked him to apply for medical leave and going to approve it. In the mean time when he comes back after two months will try to arrange a remote place for him where his interaction with others is least and will manage with 3 days a week job. Lets hope this helps him..

Regards

Raul

From India, Madras

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