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Wellbeing meeting

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by Benchster, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Benchster

    Benchster New commenter

    I am currently off sick following heart surgery and hope to go back to work in January. My operation was in August and I was advised to take at least 3 months off. I have been asked to attend a wellbeing meeting with my head teacher and someone from HR. Does anyone know what this will entail and will I have to justifiy why I have been off for so long?
     
  2. Presumably you are acting upon medical advice in taking this time off and you have a doctors note telling you not to go to work? 3 months is pretty standard for heart rlated conditions.
    I think any sensible employer would want to discuss with an employee any possible phased return to work, consideration of any restrictions caused by the medical condition etc. Presumably, neither your HT nor HR officer has any medical qualification, therefore can make no judgements about your health etc. They may ask you to see an Occupational Health specialist.
    My advice, go along to the meeting, take your partner with you (if you have one) so you have someone to be a second record of what is said and agreed to. If you have any concerns at any point in the meeting call a halt to it. Say that it is causing you to get stressed. Then, if you feel the need contact your union at, at least, regional level, for advice and guidance.
     
  3. Benchster

    Benchster New commenter

    Yep. My sick note runs out in January when we return to work after Christmas. My 8 week rehab course begins next week (1 month late due to complications) and so it will not be completed until after this note runs out. I am hoping to return to work in January. I just hope I am not going to come under scrutiny and justify the length of absence.
     
  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Benchster, I don't know what your school have in mind of course, but I think it's highly unlikely this is the purpose. I'd approach it on the basis that they genuinely want to work with you to plan your return to school in a way that's best for you as well as for them. HR people don't always get a good press and can be unsympathetic to staff sickness but I've never met one yet who thinks that an employee who has had major heart surgery might be throwing a sickie! HR know that it isn't you who decides the length of absence but your Consultant, so it's not likely they'll ask you to justify anything.
    In the past return to work for people who had been off sick for long periods was often very badly managed and haphazard. One day you'd been at home for 5 months, the next morning you turned up at school and were expected to pick up exactly where you'd left off 5 months before. Unsurprisngly this often had disasterous results; the employee went off sick again or was ineffective in the job. HR good practice now recognises that return to work needs to be well planned both for employer and employee. Phased returns to work, employer understanding what support you'll need to get back to full work, continuing health issues the school will need to take into account, keeping you up to date with what's been happening in the school while you've been away. They might suggest Occupational Health are involved to help identify aspects of the job that need to be considered to take account of your ongoing health. Hopefully your school/HR are following good practices like this.
     
  5. Yes, I agree with the above poster. I wouldn't see this as in any way threatening or hostile but is good working practice to ensure you are not being unduly stressed on your return to work.
     

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