Yeah, there's a lot of restructuring going on Headthrob, and of course there are a lot of 'managers' that will use health problems to force their agenda. Bullies in other words, the NHS is a haven for bullying managers, especially eostrogen charged aggressive female ones!!!
It's tricky to know what to do isn't it? I thought better to tell them ASAP and cover myself. I also told them about my neck issues and got an irritated, 'well, you've never told me
about this'. Erm, I only saw the MRI last week
I'd have expected just a little more support after telling them my spinal cord is compressed by two thirds at the top of my neck
For me, I start work early and finish early. This has two advantages, firstly I miss rush-hour traffic in both directions.
But also......the 'doing' part of my job that requires my concentration is the first few hours- luckily this coincides with my most alert part of the day. The last half of the day is pretty much desk based procedural management stuff and the worst outcome would be a typo or something badly written.
My manager has staffing issues in another area that I'm qualified to cover, so they are trying to find a way of making me cover that later in the day. However this will involve a longer and later day. This would be pretty disastrous for me I think. I'm bound to mess up at the end of a longer day!!! Plus it will double the amount of time I spend in the car
I think legally they would have a very hard time changing my hours to make things more difficult
for me when they are legally obligated to do the opposite.
The hospital is already being sued by a former employee for disability discrimination due to OSA!!! (A staff member with OSA fell to sleep at work and was dismissed).
Do you know the person who was dismissed? They might be a valuable source of information as you both worked for the same company with the same procedures.
Regarding the staffing issues and possbily being moved to another area do you have any other reasons why you can't do this? From experience I've heard people say in my company they can't do something due to health reasons (Which are valid points) and immediatly the manager see's this as a challenge or a their eyes light up like "this will be a good one to manage out of the business" where as if someone sais I can't because I am looking after a relative or they have kids they tend not to challenge this, almost like they know they have no change of winning the battle... very weird people are.
I tend to keep things very private as it's always easier to make up excuses afterwards as to why you never told them at the time i.e I didn't tell work as I didn't want to be a burden on the company, I didn't actually know what was wrong with me so didn't see the point, I like to leave my problems at the door as you don't want it affecting your work. It is a tough one but you cant really take back and medical condition and say you don't have it if they decicde to make things difficult or try to manage you out of the business.
I think you need to know a little about the place you work aswell i.e. are they looking for people to leave or cut costs, also if you have any internal intranet sites you can look at like a HR intra page that lays out the companies policy on things like this (I presume the NHS should have one you can view) The reason I mention this is although the DDA covers reasonable adjustments ect... if the company cannot make these or your job is primarily something where you need to lift and carry items for example and you've done your back in they could just say they cannot make adjustments as that is your primary function thertefore you are unable to do your job. Companies have sneaky ways of working, similar to the example I have given this happened to someone I use to work with and although they dont get dismissed they put them in a pool for 6 months where you can search for another job in the company to suit your needs... unfortunatly this pool is a very good way of getting rid of them as many people cant find another job or are secretly discriminated against further and not offered another job and thereofore have to leave after 6 months.
It's such a shame it a US Vs THEM situation... they are human beings after all and it's not as if your manager is paying you out of their own pocket and surely it's harder to take the hard line with you than than to be supportive?
On the female boss note I have had mainly female managers and all off them were poor maangers and chose to bully instead of manage people, the two male managers I have had have been amazing! Most of my female managers had no life outside of the company and my male managers live to work as appose to working to live, it works so much better when work is not the reason for liveing