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Should I start a grievance or not?

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Filibear Mon 05-Sep-11 12:08:51

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wheelshavefallenoffthebus Mon 05-Sep-11 12:20:17

what would you want to raise a grievance about specifically? not saying that you don't have valid reasons to be peed off but what would you want to achieve through the formal grievance process? Could what you want be achieved by an informal discussion with your manager regarding your bullet points?

Filibear Mon 05-Sep-11 12:33:32

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wheelshavefallenoffthebus Mon 05-Sep-11 12:38:12

may be have a bit more time to think about it and whether it is worth it. the process itself can be quite stressful - not to put you off though if you feel like this is what you need to do. Were there any other issues with your boss prior to this? Is your HR dept any good? Could you have an informal chat with someone there that might help eg give your manager a bit of training about confidentiality etc!

wheelshavefallenoffthebus Mon 05-Sep-11 12:39:21

or occ health (if you have them)? were they involved in your phased return to work?

scarlettsmummy2 Mon 05-Sep-11 17:27:57

I probably wouldn't do very much, as in the long term you may not do yourself any favours. Their behaviour obviously wasn't great, however, they don't seem to have been deliberately vindictive or keen to get you out the door.

flowery Mon 05-Sep-11 19:34:46

A grievance is a serious and a stressful thing, so unless there's a lot more to it I would suggest trying less dramatic ways of resolving the problems.

From what you've said, your employer agreed to your request for a phased return two weeks in advance of when it actually needed to be sorted by - the only issue is you would have liked it confirmed sooner (any reason?). Being a bit slow with something when there isn't actually any urgency (ie it wasn't the day before and they still hadn't confirmed it or anything), is slightly rubbish, probably due to disorganisation, but really not worthy of a grievance.

Similarly your manager not realising what your fit note was is really a non-issue, unless you were penalised in some way.

Being sloppy about confidentiality is a bit more serious, and definitely needs raising with her, but raise it with her first rather than make a formal written complaint against her. If she apologises, fine, if she obviously did it deliberately and shows no remorse whatsoever, you could rethink whether a formal grievance is necessary.

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