STRESS AT WORK ?

CAN ANYBODY HELP ME . IVE GOT CHRONIC HEART FAILURE AND IM WORKING PART TIME . IM GETTING SO MUCH CRAP AT WORK FROM MANAGEMENT THAT IT REALLY DOES STRESS ME UP . THEY JUST KEEP ON PICKING ON ME AS MISTAKES DO HAPPEN . I DO MAKE MISTAKES LIKE OTHER PEOPLE DO BUT THEY DONT GET PULLED UP . AM I GETTING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST OR BECAUSE IM DOING PART TIME HOURS DO THEY WANT ME OUT ?

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  • Sounds like it to me I've got heart failure I'm still fulltime but on light duty permanently work has been gd to me so far

  • Hi Carlos1967 I understand your point fully having been in a similar situation due to lung issues.

    As I was reminded by management at the time there were three things that had happened due to my illness:

    1 I had lost confidence and become more defensive when mistakes were pointed out;

    2 As management felt they had a limited time each week with me they wanted me to be aware of the mistakes I was making as they happened rather than waiting for a monthly review or appraisal;

    3 Other members of staff created an uncomfortable atmosphere because they were under the impression they had to carry me. This added to my feelings of insecurity and pressure which caused work to suffer.

    The outcome for me was I was sacked based on medical absences and told to sue the company.

    When this happened with my clients following the CHD and CAD diagnosis I decided to adjust my approach and put the information in front of them. 7 decided I couldn't guarantee the standard or accessibility and we terminated our relationship, the other 5 knew that my skills were critical to their business. Now I focus on a smaller number, work part time and they are more successful

    The outcome change came from an attitude change. This adjustment in the work place relationship worked for those I mentor as well. Know your real value, experience is irreplaceable, loyalty is difficult to find and character linked to performance even when struggling with poor health is probably the most valuable commodity.

    Ask yourself the hard questions and then look at what you can do. I found a business or workplace coach really helpful.

    Oh and if they want you to leave make certain you keep a diary and record everything you can as evidence now.

    Mark T

  • cheers pal i will keep a diary .

  • Hi - sorry to hear that you are having to deal with all that at work, as well as trying to focus on your recovery. I believe that your situation may fall within the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and the Equality Act 2010 makes specific reference to those with heart disease/'reasonable adjustments ' etc , but of course, it would depend on the degree to which your day-to-day life is affected. So it may well be worth checking that out. Direct.gov.uk Not a good plan to get confrontational with employers under these circumstances but it may help to have some additional knowledge up your sleeve...good luck, and try and invest more energy in your recovery than you give to your employers fighting their battles...

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