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Will being signed off with stress stop me getting another job?

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StressStressStress Wed 10-Jul-19 13:51:11

NC for this. Also posted in mental health.
Diabolical situation at work, with bullying manager. Have tried to resolve it but to no avail. I have tried everything, honestly.
I am really anxious and feel sick at the thought of going in. I am thinking of going to doctor and asking to be signed off for stress. To be honest I doubt I'll go back and I am hoping this will give me the strength to hand my notice in and find something else.
However if I get signed off for stress, will this go against me when I apply for other jobs? Really not sure what to do for the best, thanks.

StressStressStress Wed 10-Jul-19 16:42:15

Anyone? confused would really appreciate hearing others' experiences. Thx

Hoppinggreen Wed 10-Jul-19 16:44:31

Depends on what information the new job asks for.
They can’t discriminate in theory and your old employer may just give number of days off ( or not even go into that much detail) BUT if there is a health questionnaire for you or a medical report from your GP needed it could count against you

whatwouldbigfatfannydo Wed 10-Jul-19 16:50:21

I just started a new job in June while signed off sick from another. Haven't resigned yet as they are messing me about and trying everything to affect my entitlement to SSP (been off since April and not received a single penny in sick pay but complicated as casual contract!)

It was fine as new job is totally different working conditions - no lone working and much shorter shifts in my case. Chronic illness keeps me from being able to work in previous environment safely. AFAIK, when you are signed off for a particular reason that won't be present in a new job, it's alright.

My new employer hasn't asked about my situation re. being signed off so, as it won't affect my new job at all, I've just left it.

Happy to receive advice about this too though, tbh.

StressStressStress Thu 11-Jul-19 07:17:03

Thanks for your replies. My employer provide a basic reference, dates, job title and salary so don't think it will be mentioned. I have references sorted from colleagues who sort of managed me but not my actual (horrible) manager.

When I've been offered some jobs in the past I've had to do a health questionnaire before starting, so it's more a concern about the offer being withdrawn at that stage, that I'm really concerned about. I'm not sure how common it is to ask about sick leave nowadays.

forgottenusername Fri 12-Jul-19 23:56:22

This time 2 years ago I had a over month off with stress. Not all of it was work related, (my health, partner's mental health, parent's health, house move, two kids doing exams etc.) but the tipping point for me was the lousy manager and super frustrating job and employer.

I started looking for a new job while off, it took about 9 months (relatively niche role), but I landed the dream job. It was more responsibility (senior management) for more money with a fantastic pension scheme, in a better location with fabulous colleagues in a world leading facility.

Due to a long notice period, I started around 11 months ago. The last year has been amazing! I've had the best year of my professional life and have just been promoted! that was something I was hoping for but expected to have to do further qualifications and another 18 months experience minimum.

Taking time off to get my head straight was absolutely the best thing to do under the circumstances. I'd not realised just how bad things were until I got out of that toxic environment. Gaining perspective on the situation by removing myself from the biggest cause of stress was the key.

When I applied for my new job, I was asked about time off due to ill health and I was honest on the questionnaire about mental health. It wasn't a barrier for me. Your mileage may vary obviously, but you've got to put your mental health first. If a future employer turns you down then they don't deserve you.

I hope everything goes well for your job hunt and that your next job is everything you're looking for.

StressStressStress Sat 13-Jul-19 11:38:00

Thank you so much for sharing your story, I'm really glad it worked out for you in the end.
I am actually feeling really unwell and have a doctors apt on Tuesday. I'm hoping they will be sympathetic.
Thanks so much for your well wishes.

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