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I’m about to be staffed on a 3 month project and I will be having surgery on the 5th week of the project. How should I let my manager know? Would this be grounds to not staff me? The surgery is important and the recovery shouldn’t be too bad (1-2 weeks). I plan on taking a week off but letting the team know that I can come online to work but not the full day

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Yes you should, it’ll look worse if you deliberately don’t tell them

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Yes I plan on letting them know 100%, I’m just thinking of ways to approach this since it’s my first time encountering this situation

Yes, tell the manager. If it comes as a surprise that might be bad (for the outcome, or at least your impression on him/her). If he/she thinks it‘s manageable it shouldn’t be a big deal, if not than it‘s better you‘re not getting staffed on it and focus on recovery

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I’m sure they’ll still put you on it, just assure them you’ll be ok to work

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As long as you are proactive and let them know, it should be able to be worked out. Let whoever is managing it know that you’re requesting that time off.

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Your health always takes priority. Give them a call and let them know you’re excited to be staffed on the project but have a surgery planned that will require to some time for recovery. From a PM perspective: Takes me longer than 2 weeks to find a good team member. If you get pushback or are dropped then consider it a blessing you don’t have to work with them for an extended period of time.

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Just had this happen on one of my projects. The person didn’t let the people in charge of staffing the project know until right before he was supposed to start. Everyone was very annoyed and we ended up not staffing him on the project. Health obviously comes first, but let the team know asap.

Obviously it depends on the project, but for some projects depending on your role it might not work to be away during certain periods. Same reason I always communicate any planned vacations or other time off before getting staffed on a project

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