I'll be brief. Have a staff member that is dealing with a chronic back issue. It's been an issue for around 6 weeks now. Rest of the staff has been filling in admirably. Staff member is out of paid leave time and is attempting to work but just cannot. She'll start out on Monday and by end of day, into Tuesday just cannot continue and off rest of the week. Rest of the team is worn out from this abrubt change in the schedule and needing to manage the rest of the week. I'm a dentist and the person with back problem is a hygienist. She has her own schedule filled with patients. The rest of the staff can accomidate if they know, for example, the hygienist will be gone for, say, next week. But it's difficult to do so last moment. So, any ideas to help me balance compassion for the ill employee with the rest of the staffs wearing out on having to fix her schedule on short notice. This has drawn my office closer together, believe it or not, but like anything else, no one can go pedal to the floor continuously without it taking a toll.