telling boss about many upcoming doctors appointments
January 22, 2011 10:05 AM Subscribe
How do I notify my boss that I'll be leaving the office for regular doctors appointment without causing too much concern?
I'm going to start regular appointments with a therapist for my depression, and I'll need to be gone from work for at most 1 or 2 hours. The appointments are already scheduled as early in the day as possible. There's no way around this.
I'll need to notify my boss whenever I have an appointment (probably once or twice a month). This is in addition to other routine medical appointments that are long, long overdue for me (physical, ob/gyn, dentist, eye doctor, etc). This means over the next few months, I'll be going to a lot of medical appointments, and because I prefer to not be specific about exactly what I'm going for, I don't want it to seem alarming that I'm all of a sudden going to the doctor's so much. I have a good relationship with my boss, to the extent that I don't want to cause concern or have them think I'm dying, but not good enough to want to tell about going to a therapist. Obviously, I know they are not supposed to ask any further, but I was just curious what is the best way for me to handle this.
What is the best wording to notify my boss of these upcoming medical appointments, while maintaining privacy but not causing concern? Is this common in the workplace? Should I let my boss know in advance that there will be all these regular appointments coming, or just update as they come up (with ample notice of course).