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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay! Things You Need to Open Up to Your Employer About

12 February 2018 No Comment

Life doesn’t always go as smoothly as we’d hope. Things happen that throw a spanner in the works and completely change the way that we function on a day to day basis. It’s not surprising that, along with various other aspects of our personal lives, they will affect our ability to work to the best of our ability. However, these issues can often seem personal, so many of us feel that we can’t talk about them to our employers. Instead, we try to power through, but end up doing ourselves damage in the process and don’t produce work to the expected quality anyway. It’s time for us to start accepting that it’s okay to not be okay and open up to our employers when things are going wrong. After all, if they don’t know what’s happening, they can’t help. Sure, there’s a fine line between the personal and the professional. But here are a few ways to broach such difficult subjects with our employers.

Disability

Now, long term disability can be hard to understand. But with the right information, employers will quickly come to grips with your personal condition, how it affects you when it is likely to affect you, and what they can do to help you along the way. Many people fear discussing your disability with their employer for fear of being viewed in a different light, treated in a different way, or even experiencing prejudice or losing their job and the benefits that come with it. But fear not! It’s illegal for anyone to discriminate against you for your disability and the majority of employers would never dream of doing this anyway. Opening up could result in adjustments being made to your workplace to accommodate your needs and more leniency with taking time off for hospital appointments or doctors appointments. The positives that can come from opening up far outweigh the negatives, so arrange a meeting and get ready to discuss things.

Mental Health

It is estimated that one in four individuals suffer from mental health issues, so they are a lot more common than you may think. It’s important to remember that difficulties do not have to be difficult to be valid. You can take time off to recover from mental health problems! Simply inform your employer and they will be able to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate you.

Personal Circumstances

Incidents at home can cause you to suffer from profound grief for extended periods of time. While you may think that you could get on with your work if the worst was to happen to someone you love, you may be surprised at how much you are affected when things do happen. Inform your employer of any changes at home and chances are that they will grant you bereavement leave. Most employers are extremely understanding, so don’t bottle your feelings up.

As you can see, there are various difficulties that can result in you not being able to work to the best of your ability. These are just three of them! But the point to bear in mind is to be open with your employer in order to allow yourself the time or adjustments necessary to get back to work as soon as you are able.

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