I'm depressed. Should I still go to work? What should I tell my boss?
August 17, 2008 1:09 PM Subscribe
I just started a new job about 2 months ago, have a history of depression, and can feel a bout of it coming on right now. Basically I don't know what to tell my employer--I've already missed 4 days in my first month or so because of sickness (related to stress/depression/etc.). Obviously, this concerns my boss because if I'm going to miss so many days then we have an issue. What do I tell him? Or should I quit?:
posted by theposterboy to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm usually fine at managing depression/anxiety, and can perform fine at work, but I feel right now that I really need to take some time off, due to certain things that have recently happened in life that will and have exaberate my depression.
My first concern is that I have been at this company (very small company, 10 or so employees, so no big corporate programs or anything to help with this kind of stuff) for only 2 months. I have already taken about 4 sick days, which has been brought up with me by my boss, and rightfully so. Basically he said that if I continue to need so many sick days we'll have an issue--and from that I assume that he will 'let me go' if I keep that up.
Second, due to recent events, I feel like I need a couple of weeks off just to do nothing / recover. I don't think I will be very valuable at work if I go. So, what should I tell my boss? I've read some similar ask mefi threads, and the consensus seems to be the less info given the better. Oh, and FYI, I'm located in Canada. My job has me on 6 months probation which means I can get 'fired' or 'let go' pretty much any time for any reason.
What I want to do is talk to my boss, tell him my situation, and ask for a week or two unpaid time off. My worry is that he will tell me to not bother coming back, if I'm going to be unstable like that.
I am very good at my job, and do great work (my co-workers have told my boss this), but I don't want to go to work during a time when my work will be less than standard. And don't want to go to work during a bad bout of depression, which I feel has started now, and will probably last a couple of weeks.