When I explained that I don't have any, he got a bit aggressive and said I should do it if I know what's good for me. I'm confused - he agreed the unpaid leave quite happily, but has obviously had a change of heart. We're a small company and there is no-one above him I can speak to. Can you advise?
A: It can be fiendishly difficult for small companies. I bet your boss was genuinely pleased to be able to grant you unpaid leave, but now reality bites. He's got a moral commitment to welcome you back, so can't take on a permanent replacement; meanwhile work pressures mount. Do see if you can help him as much as he has tried to help you.
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