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When you make the decision to donate marrow, you’ll want the understanding and help of your support network – including your employer. It’s critical to inform your direct supervisor early on of your decision to donate to gain his or her full support and ensure the most flexibility in your schedule for appointments, the donation and recovery time.
When speaking about donation, listen to and address your supervisor’s concerns to provide the best experience for both of you. This guide covers some of the questions your supervisor might have and talking points you can use when responding. This honest dialogue will help secure the work support you need during your life-saving journey. Explore some of the most commonly asked questions.
Plan ahead: Tips to prepare for the conversation with your employer
- Have the conversation as soon as possible.
- Research paid time off policies for your organization and state.
- Before you go to your direct supervisor with the need, plan ahead and brainstorm solutions for covering your work while you are out. Anticipate the potential for last-minute schedule changes.
- Bring educational materials about donation and Be The Match® to your first meeting.