Another crime against employees that many managers, including me, are doing and may not even notice. The one I have noticed recently is time off. We tell every one that the company wants you to take time away from work, relax and recharge.
As soon as some one does take some time away we complain to every one else about their absence. Of course they are missed or else they wouldn’t be necessary in the first place but complaining to your other employees is telling them they shouldn’t take the time off.
We gather together and write polices while we are calm and logical but then we turn around and let emotions get in the way of following the heart of the policy we put in place.
We are inconvenienced thus unhappy about the situation but complaining will not do you or the company any good. Complaining creates a culture in which no one is comfortable taking the time away that they need. Even if they do take some time they spend too much of it worried about how they are being precised by management and their peers
It is fine, maybe even a good idea to express to the employee that they were missed telling them how important they are. Making sure your tone is not one of relief that are back not angry they were gone.