Suggest alternatives. Even in the absence of formal policies, try suggesting creative solutions. Perhaps it's a prorated salary while you cut back on hours during your temporary leave. Maybe it's an advance on paid vacation or personal days even before they've been accrued. You might even offer to work from home, which saves you commuting time and allows you to set a work-home schedule that can satisfy your personal and professional needs for this period.
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Tory Johnson is the Workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. Connect with her at www.womenforhire.com .