Coping in the workplace with the serious illness of a fellow employee
Guest_Jude the Grouch_*
Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:10 AM
Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:01 AM
Interesting article. I did keep it a secret until it became too much. I confided in my roommate and fellow employee who kept the secret and began helping me with my workload. When it all became too much and I had to have the amputation, I did tell HR. There was one in the office who would peek through personal items of the higher ups and would blab about this and that. In addition, after I told HR, I would find certain individuals coming up to me expressing their sadness over my medical condition. So much for confidentiality! The only one who kept my secret was my office roommate.
It is what it is...........
Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:13 PM
Well, when so many issues are stacked against us, once in a while finding supportive environment helps.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:40 PM
My own gut feeling (no GI issues referred to here LOL) is that no matter what you think your protections are under the law, once you have given "negative" health information out, you have placed yourself at some risk. What's better? Not saying anything more than you absolutely have to (and any time sooner than you absolutely have to) or fighting it out in labor court?
Relying on confidentiality in a business setting also sounds a bit iffy to me.
As my ma-in-law used to say, even paranoids have enemies.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:17 AM
There are some situations where you have to disclose it, but if you don't - as my mother always said, "What they don't know won't hurt them."
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