If you are aware of my situation, then you’ll know that I need to return to work as soon as possible for financial reasons.
I’ve had the necessary Occupational Health doctor’s confirmation that I am fit enough to return to work – but with ‘reasonable adjustments’. He has sent this report to my Manager, as far as I know.
On Monday (27 September) I emailed my Line Manager to say I can return to work on Monday 4 October, in line with Occy Health, but wanted to know where I should go (because I’m timetabled to work somewhere else on Mondays) and at what time should I meet her. I believe I need to have a back to work interview first where we can discuss the Occy Health Doctor’s recommendations etc.
No response from my Manager.
I emailed her again on Thursday. I received an email back saying that she would phone me tomorrow (i.e. today, Friday) to discuss my return to work.
I waited in ALL blimming day and, yes, you guessed it, she didn’t bother to phone me. I left a message on Occy Health’s answerphone to ask for advice as I didn’t know what to do.
After discussing it with my family, tonight I have sent another email to my Manager (with a copy to Occy Health) saying that because I haven’t heard from her, I will arrive for work at 9.00am on Monday (where she is based). I don't even know if she'll be there, but that's not MY problem. She should have phoned me.
I seem damned if I don’t and damned if I do – if you see what I mean. If I don’t turn up on Monday, then she can say I should have done so because Occy Health agreed to it. However, when I do turn up, she might then say I shouldn’t have until I had spoken to her first. I wrongly thought that if an employee was off sick (it’s been 11 weeks) their manager has a responsibility to keep in touch with you, ha! I’m the one that has instigated any communication between us. I even went into work 2 weeks ago to hand in my sick note to her personally. My sick note was until 2 October and the Occy Health doctor has signed me fit to return from Sunday 3rd – hence my return to work on Monday 4th. I told her then that I hope to return on the 4th. Coincidentally, my occupational sick pay ceases on 4 October, that’s why it’s important for me to return.
Aaaaarghh! I’m so blimming angry.
What else am I supposed to do?
What would you do in the same situation (just turn up for work or wait for her to call you on Monday)?
I'd be interested to hear your views. Thanks!
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!