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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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Can workers be expected to share fleece jackets without laundering between users? [closed]

My workplace has over 15 people doing the same job. It can be a very cold environment. The management has provided 3 fleece jackets and expects the staff to use these when on duty, without laundering ...
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How to excel at work when I am intermittently ill and it's not convenient for the business?

I cannot take over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for common ailments like a cold or a headache and instead must opt for slower, natural remedies. Partly I think due to stress, I have been increasingly ...
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can having a suspected heart attack and awaiting an ambulance at work be included as absence? [closed]

I am facing redundancy and work is including the time from when I collapsed, was administered 1st Aid and awaiting the ambulance as absence. I start work at 8.30am and the incident happened at ...
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How to leave home/personal life issues at home and focus on work while at work? [closed]

Very recently I asked a question about how to focus when in emotional distress. One answer that caught my attention (and yet I often hear as an "unwritten rule") was that of Joe Stazzere:"At work, ...
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How to coordinate people during a period of personal emotional issues?

This may be part of a broader question that could be "how to focus on work during a period of personal emotional issues", but in my specific case, I am a manager and my day-to-day work involves both ...
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Should I tell prospective employers about my past mental and physical health problems to explain why I have underachieved? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my late 20s, looking to start a career outside academia. My academic performance has been good but not outstanding; I have almost no work experience apart from a small amount of ...
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Smoking with the front door open

I work in a relatively small office. It's got a main room which has the call center, and a bunch of little offices with their own doors, and I have one of the little offices. The front door to the ...
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How to deal with lack of place to brush my teeth at work

When you are at work 8h it's not good not to brush your teeth (unless you don't eat anything during that time). At my work place we have 2 places with sinks: kitchen (by the way, is there any ...
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Work standing still, difficulty in autonomy [closed]

I am in a long internship at an IT company. At first, I was excited because it was the company I wanted and I was doing the job that would help me for my future career. But mostly, I was involved ...
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How to deal with colleagues scolding/taunting me for my sniffles, rhinitis, hay fever?

Those of you who are located in the Northern Hemisphere surely know that it's the season of airborne pollen, which in some people can cause serious allergic hay fever, rhinitis and asthma. I am one ...
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Giving health information for health insurance to recruiter?

I am currently using medication for a non-life threatening, but serious physical health condition that can sometimes affect my ability to sleep well and thus affect my productivity. The medication ...
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How common is a Scent Free workplace, and how can we clearly define the policy?

I am a member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee in the company that I work for, and we are currently looking at some Air Quality complaints stemming from the overuse of Cologne and Perfumes. ...
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How to “go the extra mile” without making trade-offs in one's life and general well-being? [duplicate]

We are all told that commitment, dedication and good performance are only part of the formula for being a valuable asset to the company. We must always "go the extra mile". I consider myself an ...
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How should I accommodate a coworker who has a peanut butter allergy?

After I ate a peanut butter sandwich, the secretary sent an e-mail stating there is a person who is allergic to nuts and if using peanut butter clean any surfaces (including the fridge and counters) ...
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Health Status on Job Application

Is it good to mention about past health issues (explicitly, depression) and struggle with it in applications, personnel statements while applying for jobs? How much negative effect does it have?
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Contracting role versus permanent role? What is the difference? [duplicate]

I hope that I could have your input on a contact job opportunity that I might have in Dublin. This role is a contract role (6 month initial contract with possibility to extend it up to 18 months). It ...
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smoke-free buildings -> smoke-full outdoor [closed]

Most countries have smoke-free workplace, this is really really the minimum acceptable in my opinion, but even with that, I find it very hard to enter or leave a building without entering those toxic ...
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How to react on bosses question about reason for sick leave

Assume that employee A is on sick leave. In his/her company it is normal to call in and notify about the illness ASAP. However, it is always the case that one has to talk to the boss directly who ...
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How should I tell a coworker their headphones are too loud?

I work in an open cubicle environment. We're no different than any other environment and things can get pretty noisy. Not all the time, but it's pretty standard for everyone to have a pair of ...
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How do I stay awake during work without the use of coffee? [closed]

I find myself drinking 2 cups of coffee a day during work, and feeling incredibly tired whenever I don't get at least one cup worth in my system during the day. This helps me stay awake well enough ...
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What arrangements have helped people with chronic illnesses to successfully grow in their company?

Have you or anyone you know about managed to grow in their career (good performance, promotion, reaching senior management, etc) despite having a chronic illness - and if yes, what kind of ...
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How can I tell my boss that I need some “downtime” to recover my health, without affecting my career?

I am in my mid 20s and was in emergency room due to lethally high blood pressure. As they found no physiological/common reason for it, they said it must be due to work stress and lifestyle. The ...
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Should we turn on or turn off the lights while working? [duplicate]

I get used to work at home in complete darkness, regardless of whether I'm currently gazing at 27' monitor or looking into 13' notebook screen. Recently a friend of mine has told that this is quite ...
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Weighing pros and cons of quitting against other life circumstances [closed]

I know that it is debated whether quitting a current job before you have a new job offer is a good idea (conventional wisdom suggests that it's not). But in my circumstance, things at my current job ...
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Is it a good idea to tell my colleagues that I sometimes have depressive spells? [duplicate]

I work in a team of about 10 people, in a large office in a large organisation. I sometimes get into bad spaces, where I stop exercising, eat badly, sleeping habits get shot etc, it's a ...
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What types of medical conditions prevent employment on a cruise ship?

I am applying for a job on a cruise ship and was asked to take a medical exam as a condition of employment. What sorts of information that comes up on a medical exam would prevent the cruise company ...
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How to manage managerial deadlines with a volatile and eventful health condition?

I have, like most professionals today, a deadline-driven job. I also have, unlike most, unpredictable health events. There are periods in which I am just like everyone else. I am also very ambitious ...
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Are there any UK laws about allergies in the workplace? [closed]

People are eating peanut butter (etc) at their desks - their desks are near/next to mine. I haven't been able to find any UK legislation about this. I've mentioned the allergy but haven't spelled ...
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“Performance Based Health Management” Incentive Programs [closed]

My employer just announced that for next year there will be a performance based health care incentive program. This will include an initial screening (BMI calculation, basic blood panel, etc) and ...
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Promoting a healthy lifestyle for employees

Disclaimer: taking into account Telastyn's comment, I'd like to point out that I do not wish to force anything upon my staff. I don't want to impose anything against their will. I would like them to ...
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How to deal with nightmares? [closed]

I had a really bad boss for the past 3 years and finally managed to get a new job where both my boss and co-workers are amazing. I've been working here for the past 3 months, yet every 2-3 nights I ...
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Should an employee tell their supervisor about their depression?

If someone is experiencing feelings of severe depression (affecting their work ability and work output), should they disclose this to their supervisor? What are the pros of disclosure? What are the ...
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How do I explain being unemployed for nearly two years due to untreated depression

For the first three years of my career, was always employed. Then, after I got laid off because the last company I worked for went under, I couldn't motivate myself to look for work for one year and ...
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Do I need to disclose my mental health history (in the UK)?

(This question is specific to UK-based companies.) Recently when applying for a job, I came across a field in the 'Equal Opprtunities' section of the application which asked 'Do you have any ...