Medical privacy at work?
February 2, 2008 1:51 PM Subscribe
I am a new college graduate (last June), a typical overachiever, and I landed one of those high-paying, high-stress, high hours analyst jobs at an investment bank in New York City. I am now seven/eight months in and struggling with some pretty serious depression.
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The job is not necessarily the cause of the depression - it's been an issue in the past - but is clearly a trigger. The job is a bit of a dream job for me, though - I'm legitimately interested in what I am doing, not just in it for the money or exit opportunities like many of my colleagues (not that there's anything wrong with these motivations).
My depression is really impacting my ability to enjoy anything about life, though, I've visibly lost weight, and its getting to the point where I'm unable to function effectively at work. My question is not whether I should stick with the job - I haven't given enough information for you'll to make that determination, and I suspect I know what the answer would be based on this. Instead, my question is regarding my options about discussing this with someone from HR. Basically, my company has a policy where we are permitted to take up to 12 weeks ST disability for health problems. I'm interested into looking into this but am concerned about how taking time off would affect my relationship with my director/group, being perceived by others as "sick" when I return, and, not unimportantly, how taking extended sick time would affect my end-of-year bonus (paid in July). I would like to discuss these issues with my HR "contact person" before making a decision either way, but do not want my manager or group to know about it. If I disclose to my HR person that I'm having these problems and considering taking some time off, is she allowed to tell my boss? Or is medical information kept confidential? In other words, can I bring up these issues without being worried about it getting through to my boss? Obviously if I do end up deciding to take time off for medical reasons my boss will know about the situation at that point, but I'd like to have these issues addressed before I make a decision. Thanks for any advice. I can be contacted at my throwaway email address firstname.lastname@example.org.