Taking leaves can be complicated, and often they’re career-limiting

Extended employee absences a challenge employers need to tackle head on
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2017

Fresh out of school, in one of my first jobs, I ran into a senior human resources professional in the lunchroom. We were discussing a colleague who had recently gone on a stress leave, and I’ll never forget what she said to me.

“Never do that. If you take time off for stress, it’s a career-killer. You won’t get promoted and you may even be one of the first ones to be let go. It’s just not worth it.”

That was the late 1990s, and the thinking hasn’t changed much in the last two decades. It’s not just mental health-related leaves that may be frowned upon. Any event that takes you out of the workplace has the potential to be career-limiting.