Tony:'Sally, can I have a word?'
Sally:'Sure, what is it?'
Tony:'I've just spoken to Sam on the phone. She's not going to be coming in for the next couple of days.'
Sally:'Oh, what's happened?'
Tony: 'She had a car crash last night. She hurt her back and has been at A and E at the hospital until 4 this morning.'
Sally:'It's nothing serious, is it?'
Tony:'She told me it's not very serious. She's in pain, the doctor gave her some painkillers. And he gave her a sick note for a week and advised her to stay at home and rest. She has an appointment to see a specialist on Friday.'
Sally:'I bet she's glad she's got private health insurance, otherwise she would be waiting for months to see a specialist.'
Tony:'So, she's going to be on sick leave for at least a week.'
Sally:'That's all we need. We're already short-staffed as it is. You know that Eric is on compassionate leave because his mother died and he has to organise things up in Glasgow. Plus, with Sue being on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter. I think we need somebody to cover Sam's work whilst she's not here. I'll try to move somebody over from another team. Is that OK?'
Tony:'I may be able to cover her work, but I would suggest getting some of my team to work later. We should offer them overtime, I'm sure a couple of them would work later for the extra money.'
Sally:'A good idea.'
Tony:'Also, Rick has asked me if he can have a day off on Friday, he wants to have a long weekend. He wants to take advantage of the bank holiday next Monday to have a four-day weekend.'
Sally:'It's a bit short notice to ask for a holiday for this Friday! I'll have to check if anybody else is taking a day off then. But, because we're short-staffed, I think we're going to have to turn it down. Oh Tony, not long until you take your sabbatical. Are ready to see the world? You must be excited?'
Tony:'I'm looking forward to seeing all the different countries. But I'm only going for 6 months. I'll be back working here before Christmas.'