So I was diagnosed with Fibro around 2 years ago but as time has gone on I actually believe my symptoms to be closer to ME/CFS. Either way the issue with work remains the same.
In Feb I took a week and half off work as holiday to try and get a crash / flare up under control. I had a meeting with my line manager and the team manager last Thursday and they have suggested getting OH involved to see where they could be supporting me more etc in order to prevent me from using holiday to manage my health and help me be more reliable as to when I am in the office, not needing frequent breaks (this isn't going to change as far as I can see).
Re going into the office: Over the last two years my mobility has deteriorated a lot meaning I can't get into the office as frequently and when I do it is not guaranteed that the lift will be working and we work on the 3rd floor...so lots of stairs.
The query comes in where on the same call they asked if I would take on two more lots of responsibilities. I feel like I want to say no to taking these on because I am clearly already struggling hence getting OH involved but feel like if I do say no they will use it against me.
Just looking for some other opinions /thoughts tbh.
Hi there, its horrible when you feel so ill you can't do your work. I have never had to deal with OH but there are plenty of our members who have been or are going through this process. I am sure they will be happy to share their first hand knowledge good or bad on this issue.
You say you feel OH may penalise you in someway if you turn down the extra work. I would be inclined to think the opposite may be true. If you take on the work. Even though your struggling they may think your ok to do it or would have had to turn it down.
I guess you have to look at it from their side. You are saying you need to reduce your work because of illness then except an extra load?
If it was me I would explain I can not take on extra duties that's why I am waiting to see OH.
I am sure you will get plenty of help and support from those who know better than me.
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Thank you for your reply.
Just to clarify I don't think OH will penalise me for not taking on more responsibilities but that my team manager will. x
Hi Kicia, I think my original answer may still apply even to your manager.
Your manager knows your struggling. Then give you more work that does not make sense. I'm guessing OH bases their reports on a persons capabilities and maybe a managers report. If you accept more work I am guessing that would be part of the managers assessment to the OH.
Like I said I have not been through it myself but it makes sense to me to refuse the work if it was me.