I’ve been off with work related stress ,anxiety and low mood for five months. I’m getting better but it’s a slow process. People at work have saying I’m not going to return ever and they don’t understand why I’ve not just left. AIBU to think there are people who have long term absences and still go back to work?
I had 5 months off last year with MH problems, I'm now back in my full capacity, I had a couple of people ask me if I was planning to come back, but most just accepted I would be back when well enough. In my profession long absences for stress related illness are common.
The situations where this has happened to me, the people at work have had to cover the workload of the person who is off sick between them. It’s obviously not the person who is ill’s fault, but it led to a lot of overwork, stress and unhappiness for the people left as well as resentment towards the person as if they were to leave, they could have been replaced and the work would have been covered properly.
Not necessarily a fair or reasonable thing to think, but just to put across the other side.