I work for a Local Government Authority as an IT Engineer. We are constantly over the top with work and not enough staff. My line manager has been having some personal issue recently and his attitude towards me has changed. He is constantly at my about my sickness and when I am at work, he puts so much work on me that I start to drown in it all and I stress out. My asthma is not severe I donâ€™t think but it can be bad at times. I work in a depot which has all the road vehicles and equipment coming in an out so there is a lot of dust. Normally, Iâ€™m not too bad and I can cope with it and just have a bad barking seal like cough. Over the last couple of months though, my boss keeps threatening me with Personnel. Saying things like â€œYou should be getting pulled up about your sickness absenceâ€ etc. He knows I only go off when I am really bad. I just canâ€™t seem to shake things at the moment. I had a bad cold which went into my chest about 4 weeks ago. I then got a chest infection. I got signed off by the docs when I had the chest infection but it didnâ€™t stop my line manager texting me to ask when I would be back. I was back at work a week and now I am full of the cold again and itâ€™s starting to go into my chest again. I feel terrible but I have been dragging myself into work every day. Some of my colleagues are concerned and have expressed that I shouldnâ€™t be here but I just donâ€™t feel comfortable staying off ill. I canâ€™t stop coughing long enough to answer the phone.
Any ideas where I stand with this? Can they pay me off even if Iâ€™m off at my doctors advice? I know Iâ€™m not a skiver and I work my butt off when Iâ€™m at work so there is no performance issues when Iâ€™m here. I have been off 6 times in one financial year but iâ€™ve been off 3 of those since January.
Any input would be appreciated.