New Sick Leave Policy

As it’s the middle of winter in New Zealand a few of the team have the flu and generally feeling poorly.  A good time to revise our sick leave procedures.

To: All Xero Staff (and Shareholders)

From: Rod

Re: What do do when you’re sick

If you feel like you need to be off work you will require a medical certificate.  This will mean a trip to your doctor.

In New Zealand a doctors consultation for 15 minutes will cost you around $49. The same as a whole month of Xero.

As the doctor is completing your prescription, this is a good time to enquire about what accounting system they use. Advanced Xero’s will actually be able to do a live demo right there on the doctors computer.

Medical centres are mainly cash based with most receipts coming through the bank account each day and processing of supplier invoices. Use this information to show you understand their business. 

As you’ve paid for the consultation, don’t feel bad about using a few minutes to show the benefits of Xero.  It will make you feel a lot better if you can get them to sign up for a free demo

Accordingly medical certificates will now only be accepted with a matching demo sign up.

Be well.




Sarah Mitchell
July 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Obviously the demo signup thing is a joke, but do you actually make your staff pay (round) $49 to stay home sick for the day?

Rod Xero
July 23, 2008 at 8:27 am

A joke? I actually did a demo at the doctors office yesterday during a consultation. I felt immediately better too.

So I figure if staff are going to be away sick they can at least get a sale :)

Alan Barlow
July 23, 2008 at 11:39 am

Why stop there?!

Most surgery waiting rooms are full of potential customers and they are a captive audience!

I reccomend visiting surgerys in more affulent suburbs and in the CBD area where a lot of the patients are involved in business management.

Personally I’d try sending Hamish Carter out to doctors surgeries around wellington with a “psuedo-flu”… how many practice nurses would be willing to kick him out eh!

Rod Xero
July 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Now that’s thinking!

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