I've been signed off for at least a fortnight as of today. Since being diagnosed with asthma in May I have been struggling to get it under control and as a result I'm feeling really tired and run down.
But before that, I was already pretty tired and run down, as I have to commute 3 hours a day for work and there are big problems at my workplace. Pretty much everyone is ill from something and there's someone crying in the toilets at least once a week.
The problem is the directors - they are really bad managers and they have not been particularly understanding about the time I have needed to take for going to the doctor and so on.
It all came to a head last week when I admitted to myself that I just couldn't go on like this anymore, and my doctor has signed me off. However, when I phoned my boss about this he didn't say much, sounded angry and also sent a company-wide email telling everyone I had 'been signed off for two weeks for personal problems'.
I don't know how to sort this out. My previous attitude was that I was lucky to have a job in a recession. And I currently feel too exhausted to do anything about it. I'm hoping that the time off will be good for my asthma and my state of health generally, but already I am scared about going back to work because everyone has been told I have 'personal problems'!
I'm hoping that people here will have some experience of how to deal with employers - I don't want this to be any more stressful than it already is.