Hoping someone has some win win suggestions because I am struggling to find the best solution at this time:
One of my reports is recently pregnant and about 5 weeks into the pregnancy at this time. I feel I have been presented with a lose lose request so I'm hoping someone might see a win?
My staff all are required to do shift work. Some shifts are loathed by all, and those are shared equally among them all. This employee has requested to not do any of that shift work now- because of her pregnancy she needs her rest and has been feeling tired.
At this point I have left it at this- I am happy to work to accomodate any medical requirements but that I do need a doctors note stating exactly what shifts and type of work she can/cannot do.
She has gone to HR to ask if it is necessary for a doctors note and was told this would be at my discretion. HR has said to me I could put it to the team and ask if they would take on doing these undesirable shifts for her -if all support then good, but if any one person objects then continue with shifts as they are until medical note is provided.
I am not in support of that because it will put all the team members in an awkward situation and possibly compromise team working relationships. I'd rather be the bad guy instead.
She is not happy with my response and I now feel this as really compromised the working relationship I have been working to build through our regular one on one's over the years.
I appreciate any other ideas or suggestions.