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Just keep it simple: 2020: off work due to a health issue which is now resolved 2018 - 2019: Senior Widget Wrangler, Acme Corporation <description of senior widget wrangler role> 2016 - 2018: Widget Wrangler, Acme Corporation <description of widget wrangler role> Nobody should ever be asking for details of the health issue, but if someone does ...


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Well... where do we start? Being in pain is an emergency. Your doctor should see you now. Well, inside their office hours, but certainly the next day. The only exception that my dentist makes is to give out an appointment for the next available day they are in the office, if they are actually not physically there. I have had appointments for severe pain for ...


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Phillip Kendall’s answer is the correct, here is why. Unfortunately you have a tricky trade-off. On one hand, you are not required to explain anything and the company can't really ask (in the US). On the other hand the company is not required to hire you and if there is anything in your resume or the interview they don't like, they will just move on to the ...


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I'm going to disagree with everyone and not give you a flat "no". I think you should do something. It's possible your co-worker has some other ailment, and perhaps they even have good reason to believe their cough isn't an indication of covid-19, but it's important we play it safe to get this pandemic under control. You stated in a comment that you ...


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You shouldn't wait until the last moment, but you should have used the phrase "Medical Emergency" when requesting this. Most people (should) understand that just because it's an emergency, it doesn't mean you'll be in the hospital asap. There's still a queue, even for emergencies, and if you're doing some kind of operation it might still take a few ...


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Should I notify my manager that a coworker has been taking a lot of cough drops over COVID-19 concerns? Yes. Your question states you are in the US. CDC guidelines for businesses: Actively encourage sick employees to stay home: Employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home. Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. ...


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You might be surprised how many people go through such a thing at some point in their lives. The recovery can be a bumpy road vs a straight-line process, and IMO it will be one less source of stress if you just tell them - otherwise it's easy to get into a situation where you are pushing yourself to do 100% when you are only ready for 80%. Whether and how ...


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How to help my manager understand I am very stressed ? Why? What do you expect your manager to do after he "understands"? Chances are your manager knows quite well that you are stressed (and he is too). But that doesn't really help until it results in some specific action or changes. Start thinking about what do you want/need these changes or ...


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Firstly find a hobby that will keep your wrist in good condition. It sounds like you're heading for RSI (repetitive stress injury) which is a painful debilitating condition that can require surgery. Anything that exercises those muscles and joints will do the trick. Two that I have found very helpful are playing the guitar, and slinging. Yoga I doubt would ...


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Unless you have a formal obligation, under your contract or local labour laws, there's no need for you to disclose the specific condition to your employer. Doesn't matter if they somehow find out - through insurance or otherwise - again, you're not obligated to inform them. As you mentioned you're currently working remotely and don't need to be taking any ...


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Maybe he's not being nice, maybe he's just receiving money from the PPP program or something like it, and can't change the number of employees on his payroll. You can search if your organization is a recipient of PPP here. Either that, or he's receiving money from a budget and needs to use up his full budget, otherwise, he might lose his budget for next year....


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There are in the end two approaches to remove stress: Either you remove the cause of the stress. If you can't, you can remove your reaction to the causes. As in "don't care about it". If you are under stress because your manager is in competition with another department - don't care whether he wins or loses. If a customer is complaining - so sad, ...


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How to help my manager understand I am very stressed You do not "help" him understand anything. You just need to organize a face-to-face meeting with him, and explain your point of view. Together, you might be able to find a way out of the situation. Just tell him what you told us here. (as opposed to just telling him that I am very stressed) &...


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Check the ergonomics of your chair, desk, keyboard, mouse, monitor etc. Anything wrong in your workstation setup increases the RSI risk. Try a wrist brace. Consult a doctor. You know your own work capacity and need for sleep, but if you have not done so test whether you can get as much done with more time for sleep and relaxation. Do not think about chair ...


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Be open about what happened. That builds trust. You don't have to be it every time but if you find an offer interesting, tell them what happened. I interpret your question as it wasn't something "shameful" (being hospitalised for a year after a car accident due to DUI would, in my eyes, be shameful because it would signal really bad judgement - but ...


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How should I balance this? Either have your doctor put you on sick leave, or show up as often as you can so as to avoid hurting your career badly. And how should I answer my coworkers if they remark, that they haven’t seen me in the office for a long time? Something like, "Yup, I haven't been in the office in a long time." would work. Then, ...


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She told us we had to shout so that she could hear her. When that happens, I say this: Patients can not shout private information. Please get your supervisor. Thanks. A lot of problems in life are caused by being an "enabler", so to speak! If someone asks you to do something absurd Don't do it I know I'm a bit paranoid about these things. ...


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You don't. You take steps to alleviate your stress. If it is at the point where it is affecting your job, you have an untreated medical condition, and the responsibility for treating it is on you. Seek the help of a professional, and follow his instructions. It is important that you do this before you take any other action, including going to HR because HR ...


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The simple answer is that you provide written notification to your manager stating something along the lines of I wish to resign from my employment at <X>, effective immediately. You then work out your notice and your employment is over. However, this is complicated by the fact you are currently signed off; I would suggest talking to your local ...


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Update, 3 months later... Amazingly, I went from having pain in my wrist, forearms, and shoulders several times a week, to almost no pain at all. Thanks to everyone who pitched their ideas here. It's tough to tease out exactly what did the trick for me, and anyone else's case is going to be different than mine, but speaking exclusively for myself, I did ...


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A close friend of mine had to stop working for a few years because of health issues. When everything was resolved and she started looking for a job, she didn't update her resume. Instead, she explained the gap during interviews by saying "I had to stop working because of health issues, but now I'm completely healthy and ready to work again". From ...


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Get a decent chair. Perhaps even a gaming chair. Until work from home started, I didn’t bother getting a proper chair to work in at home. I either had a folding chair or had a cheap $70 office chair. Once we went home I knows that would hurt my back so I got a gaming chair. Gaming chairs are designed for sitting there for long hours on end and often have ...


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Personally I wouldn't even include it on the resume. I would just put in the work you did and just the time you did it in. Don't explain "gaps" between those time frames. You're right to assume people will be curious, but you have to also understand that when you're being vague and lacking any sort of clarity, people will assume the worst possible ...


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At the very least get some actual first hand information beyond the faint smell of liquorice. Ask your colleague if he has a cold or something. Then at least you can decide what to do on actual information.


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It's none of their business. Your boss is OK with you working from home. Nobody else should care. Since people do talk, what you need to do is communicate that your working from home is both permitted and necessary. You can start by mentioning to people that your lack of presence in the office is permitted. Folks, sorry I haven't been showing up at the ...


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"she was 'sick' You may be reading too much into this by assuming everyone knows all your details, and things like this are just the office drama of the moment, they disappear pretty quickly. Is there anything I can do? I can't quit my job, but I'm currently looking for a new one. Job searching is a reasonable thing to do if you're feeling too ...


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Should I notify my manager that a coworker has been taking a lot of cough drops over COVID-19 concerns? No. People were taking cough drops before COVID-19 and people will continue to do so in the future. There is nothing out of the ordinary of someone taking cough drops to relieve their coughing and coughing or taking cough drops does not mean that someone ...


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The answer will largely depends on your company policy and local laws about employees medical conditions. As a general advice, the first step would be to check your company policy about an employee presenting symptoms of a contagious disease. You may already have this information in a general communication (in your inbox or employee web portal) but you can ...


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There is probably no single solution to your issues. Fortunately there is a number of quick wins to help: Ergonomics Adjust your monitors to proper height. Check your setup. I personally prefer a 3 monitor setup over a 2 monitor one as you do not have the frame in the middle Keyboard and mouse or at least an ergonomic mouse pad. If found the split hands of ...


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