Post # 1
I am absolutely miserable at my job. I’ve been having panic attacks almost every morning before work and I’m seriously depressed. I went to see a doctor and he gave me a note for a two week stress leave, and then we’ll revaluate in two weeks time to see how I’m doing.
Im leaving work at the worst time, I know they’re going to be pissed and I don’t know what to say. Do I go into their office tomorrow and say “I’m going on stress leave, here’s a note, bye”? Do I write I letter? If I write a letter they’re still going to want to talk to me and tell me it’s an awful time to leave and try to guilt me into staying (I know they’ll do this because I’ve been physically sick at work before and asked to go home and was told to try and stay, or stay for a few more hours). I don’t know what to say or do. Any advice would be great.
Post # 2
wtrmln18 : I would personally write an email. When I’m in that place where I’m so anxious and stressed, writing is easier for me. Inform them that your doctor told you to take a break, and then leave it at that. If you need to do it in person, go ahead and practice saying “Sorry, but I have to do this.” And remember how relieving it’s going to be to have time off to relax. You just have to press send, or walk out the door.
Post # 3
I would most certainly not tell them it is stress related. Too many people will not take that seriously, even with a written doctor’s note. However, due to confidentiality, the note probably does not say what the leave is for, so I would write them an email informing them that you need to take the time due to a health-related issue and fax over the note. If they ask you what the health issue is, tell them you would rather not discuss it.
And search for a new job while you are on leave.
Post # 4
I would not mention the specific reason for your leave – just tell whoever needs to know that you’re having some time off for health reasons and leave it at that.
Medical certificates usually just have dates and a vague “for a medical issue” listed as the reason, due to patient confidentiality laws.
Post # 5
Absolutely mention its stress leave. Work places take stress leave so seriously
Post # 6
Send an email with the dr. note attached. 2 weeks for a vague medical issue generally means stress leave… in Aus/where I work you CANNOT attend work if you have a medical certificate, not sure if yours is the same?
Post # 7
I would scan the physician’s note and send It via email to your boss with a cover email that says something along the lines of:
I have been experiencing some health issues, and my doctor has prescribed a two-week leave from work at this time. I’m sorry that my absence is occurring at a busy time for the rest of the office and regret any inconvenience this may cause.
I will be out from (list dates) and then will see my doctor for re-evaluation at that time.
Based on your company benefits plan, I would also say what type of (or combination of types of) paid leave you plan to use for this, if applicable (sick, vacation, personal), or, if you lack such benefits that you are requesting a medical leave of absence without pay (something I’ve had to do twice at my current job to accommodate surgeries, since we have such limited PTO.)
Also, if you’re in the US and may qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) now or later for this situation, it would be wise to file the paperwork for that once it would become applicable.
Post # 8
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Where do you live? Are there no laws to protect your rights for this stuff? I feel really badly for you that you can’t get the rest you need without a guilt trip.
I think Brielle : post above is perfect; don’t mention what but that you have health issues and you need to be off, no wiggle room.
Post # 9
Where I work, someone took FMLA for depression treatment. I know because I work in HR, but not sure her boss knows the reason why. Seems like you can do the same. Health issues don’t have timelines in mind, so I wouldn’t be concerned about it being busy season.
Post # 10
Are you in the US and covered by FMLA? Do you have PTO you’re going to use to cover it?
Depending on where you live/if you’re coverd by FMLA, a doctor’s note may not be enough to keep your job if your employer is so inclined.
Post # 11
I would send an email saying you’re taking medical leave from X date to Y date and attach the doctors note. Direct any questions to your doctor. Send to your HR rep and CC your boss.
In the US, if anyone from your job tries to contact you for work-related reasons while you’re on medical leave, you have the right to sue them. So companies are pretty serious whenever anyone says medical leave, and I expect they’d stay away and have no contact.
Take the time you need, bee!
ETA: Per PP above, you may want to call your HR rep and explain the situation. They will tell you about your company’s policy and what you’re eligible for.
Post # 12
Thank you everyone. It’s a tiny medical private practice so there’s no HR and I don’t even have my bosses email. Unfortunately I’ll have to give them a letter personally.
Post # 13
wtrmln18 : Any updates? How did it go? Fingers crossed for you!