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How tolerant is your workplace?

Feb 01, 2016 9:49 AM

I'm off work again today. Went back to work after three weeks off sick on last Thursday. Managed Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Sunday was ill again. Not sure how much more I can take being ill and worry about my job😞😢 they have been good so far but it is annoying for them and me.
I'm still awaiting the pain management clinic appointment.

Feb 01, 2016 10:59 AM

Calia, my workplace is pretty tolerant at the moment. Have been on medical leave off and on since October trying to recover from surgery. Was hoping to be back by now, but not going to happen right now. Issues just keep plaguing me.

Feb 01, 2016 11:10 AM

Calia, I'm sorry for your dilemma. I know where you're at because I was in the same spot once upon a time... Many years ago. I was missing more and more work and was put from salaried employee to hourly. I was upset but understood there was no reason for them to continue to pay me for not being there. They were good about it... I wasn't. I was raised that even if you're dying, there's been a blizzard or you didn't sleep, you get your ass up and go to work!! I did for years. It made me physically ill to keep trying. They were willing to keep me and finally when I just couldn't function, I threw in the towel and left my job. I went from making $47k a year to $15k a year.. Holy crap!!! It was like shock. I had to move back home and I live check to check. I had horses, brand new cars every 3 years (purchase not lease) and all the toys and gadgets I enjoyed.... I'd give each and EVERY one of those things up if I was able bodied enough to work. It's not an easy decision. Hang in there, I will keep you in my prayers. {{{Hugs}}} 💕🙏🏻🌻

Feb 01, 2016 12:10 PM

At my work I was voted employee of the year for excellant customer service. Then i had to take 6 weeks medical leave after surgery becuse they would not allow me to be on light duty. 13 Months later my chinic back and foot pain and numbness had started. Then my mom was in a car acident on her way here and broke her leg. I annouced that i needed to train my substitute so I could take mom back to Florida for her regular doctor appointments.
She could not drive because of the cast.
When I returned i was told that instead of working directly for the facilt's excutive director. I was being put under a new supervisor. After a few week i had to give my notice. I was being bullied.
My next job was even more physically demanding. So i tried to split my days off so i would not have more than 4 shifts before i got my day off.
Whe i got home i barely had the energy to get to my recliner. I had near perfect attendence but were i could not be there one day. My doctor gave me a note for my absence and to return to duty with restrictions like no lifting <10lbs. When HR got my note i was released to med leave once again because they do not allow medical restrictions. Check with your hr about how much fmla you have available. Each company handles the law differently. Good luck

Feb 01, 2016 4:50 PM

Calia, I'm sorry you've not completely recovered. It's hard trying to return to work when our bodies aren't up to par. You're in my thoughts and prayers, that your employer will be understanding and that you'll be able to return soon. Hugs! 🙂🙏💕🌼

Feb 02, 2016 1:40 AM

I work in a university as a HSE coordinator. I have been working 50% since august and now back 100%. I got a MAC-computer so I can dictate my mails instead of writing too much, I have all possible chair/table adjustments available and a lot of understanding from my co-workers. I have to be dead not being able to work here :-) I am very lucky to have this job :-)

Feb 02, 2016 2:02 AM

My boss I think is beginning to try to understand and support me. At least we had a meeting in which she said she would put measures in place and allow for me to use annual leave a bit more flexibly so I didn't have to take sick days and lose all my flexibly pay and bonus (resulting in a net loss of £500-600 per month for a single day sick) not helpful when having to pay out so much for prescriptions and alternative therapies. That do enough to get you to work before coming home and passing out!
However, none of the agreed have been implemented and I'm forced to work due to another co-woker being on annual leave so she wouldn't give me the leave I'd have to go sick :(
I take the radio and go and lock myself in a cupboard for most of the shifts at the mo and just pray I don't need to respond to anything for a while.
I feel for you. I also feel for those that have had to quit. It's hard. I'm feeling like I'm fighting a losing battle at the moment. I'm not very good at looking after myself anyway and hate feeling like I'm letting people down. The fact is that I am not fit for work at the moment and am not getting the rest I need to be able to cope at work or at home.

Alwayz that must have been horrendously hard and stressful. But How amazing you are for standing up for yourself and doing what needed to be done. It's inspiring and comforting to know that we can adapt to whatever comes out way. Well we are already proving daily that we are warriors are we not?

Calia, sorry. Think I went on one a bit there.
I hope that your employers can do whatever it takes to make it more manageable for you to work. And I hope that they show you the empathy and respect that you deserve, recognising that you are giving your 100%.

Best wishes

Feb 02, 2016 2:10 AM

I have to add to my comment that in Norway I can be sick from work for 12 months during a periode for three years with full payment!
My employer have to pay the first 14 days with sick leave, the rest is covered by the governments.... This help a LOT to get the employers goodwill when we are ill! I understand that you do not have the same rights in USA, and feel very sorry for the loss of payment you have when you have to rest....... I would be very sick if this possibility to recover was unavailable....

Feb 02, 2016 2:18 AM

Wow! I visited Norway way back when snow was full of fun and excitement! I loved it there! I'm glad I got out there when I did to see the N lights!
They seem to support their citizens much better out in the Scandinavian countries from what I hear. I'm glad you have that support.
Here in the UK we have the NHS. Lots of pros and cons. We don't get to choose our GPS or find our own specialists. All of the decisions are made for us and require referrals.
When working we pay for our NHS automatically through the tax system. It's a fantastic system that requires much more funding as it is overstretched. GPS have ridiculous targets for ex. Are only allowed to spend 5 mins per appointment. Not long enough bother understanding the ongoing issues.
In US I'm not too sure how it works but am aware that medical costs are quite substantial for you guys? Do you have a support network of any kind provided by the government ?

Feb 02, 2016 3:34 AM

They support us good yes, but we also need to pay taxes with a smile to be able to support this system. This gives the poorest in the society a possibility to live a good life even if they didnt pay too much taxes yet. It is the sam as in UK. The system will not function if too many have the need for help and too few pay the taxes! And we are also beginning to see this overstreching in Norway too. But so far it still works good.

If other contries do not have this kind of system you also pay less taxes?! - and this again can be used for health insurances. And there is the problem for the part of the society that cannot afford the insurance to begin with...!

I can choose my own GP doctor, but need his paper to be able to get a specialist.
And I can pay for a private specialist - but this is too expensive for normal citizens!
5 min for a ex is ridiculous, at least we have 10 min here...!!!

By the way - I live in the Northern light areas of Norway - beside Lofoten (that most foreigners know where Lofoten is :-))

Feb 02, 2016 10:57 AM

In my company, we are allowed six months full pay and six months half pay if taken all at once. Otherwise we get paid full pay. But I don't want to be off sick. I want to be a normal person who goes to work for a living. I want a life where I can make plans to go out with family & friends and not worry whether I'm going to be alright or not. My life changed gradually from January 2015.....continued to lose my Mum......to daily struggling with pain. I struggle to keep positive and I know keeping positive is suppose to help relieve pain.

Feb 02, 2016 12:13 PM

Mine have been okay too, had 79 days off last year due to hip and then knee replacements. Not sure how much they will take before they find some way of getting rid of me. In the 5 years I've been with them I've had one year free from operations. The last one was my 44th. I would love to retire but I need the money like everyone else.

Feb 09, 2016 8:28 AM

I am having a difficult time continuing to work. My boss has allowed me to work one day at home. It is so hard with this pain and my illness. The last two days I have felt so down. I do not make enough money now because I am working part time. I need to go back to working full time but can not because of my illness. My doctors tell me the best I can hope for is remission. That makes me feel so sad.

Feb 09, 2016 1:32 PM

Well my job was very tolorant to a degree. My issue is I was being hospitalized over and over and even though they were still willing to put me in a different department so I would be able to get my insurance. I hate I was nkt able to return to that job.

Feb 09, 2016 2:49 PM

My job has been very tolerant so far. I have had to cut down to 20 hours a week and having a hard time keeping that schedule. I started a flare Sunday night and had to take yesterday and today off. I am also using FMLA.

Feb 09, 2016 7:53 PM

Do you know that by reducing your income by you are reducing your social security credits. We are loosing what little retirement we have had.

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