Hi hubbers. I'm asking for advice for a friend here from any hubbers who are unlucky enough to have this affliction, or anyone else who can add some insight.
My friend has a colleague who, until today unbeknownst to them, has bipolar. They found out because he is currently having a manic episode, he hasn't been seen or heard from in two days and his relative called to tell them. The relative also said he hasn't been taking his medication for a year and they haven't heard from him in days, either.
This is a very small company that is currently overwhelmed with work (which may be what triggered the episode). There is no HR department and no capacity to put someone on extended, paid sick leave (ie, over and above the statutory right to sick leave) in that they can't afford to pay him plus someone to cover for him and they have too much work to just not have him there. The workload issues in the office were being dealt with by trying to hire another person but they haven't found anyone yet.
They're at a loss about what to do and have still not heard from their employee. They want to do the right thing by him but paying someone who is not turning up to work is not an option, and having someone in the office with unmedicated and untreated bipolar is also not working (I'm not going into specifics, I'm sure anyone with bipolar can guess generally, but he was on his way to getting fired before his diagnosis was revealed, and that was before he started his no shows.).
So how can they accommodate this? What's the process from here? What they reasonably expect from this employee? Are there organisations they can call for assistance?