I am currently in physical pain after an injury. It’s healing very slowly and different treatments are tried. My doctor has not put me on sick-leave. He has just told me that I should avoid painful movements the best I can.
My employer currently has a mixture of office and home-office days in place. I am supposed to go to the office 1 or 2 days per week. Because of my injury, I talked my boss into letting me work from home more. When I commute the pain gets worse. Now my coworkers have noticed that I didn’t show up in the office that much.
So here is the thing:
- Any additional pressure on my body makes the pain (and healing) worse. After a day of work I need a lot of rest to get the pain under control again. If I am too hard on my body, it gets so bad that I can’t sleep because of the pain.
- If I don’t show up in the office as much as the others, people start to talk.
- I am not so comfortable with sharing my health-situation with everybody, because I have had some bad experiences with this in the past. I needed to open up about the situation to my direct supervisor, because I had some doctors appointments during working-hours (was not possible otherwise).
- Not showing up that much could hurt my career badly.
So: How should I balance this? And how should I answer my coworkers if they remark, that they haven’t seen me in the office for a long time?
I’ve never been in such a situation before and I would be grateful for some ideas.