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Going off sick during notice period
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Paisley2018 · 22/08/2020 21:31

I know some people won’t like the idea of this and that’s fine.
I started a new job 6 months ago. I have hated it since the day I started. It’s horrendous. Severe lack of support in a busy, fast paced area. I have felt sick every time I have walked into the place and it has severely affected my home life to the point where I have became a horrible person as I am always so depressed about work.
However I was lucky enough to get a new job. I’m obviously thrilled to bits about this as I can’t wait to leave my current employment. I’m due back on Monday and the dreaded feeling at the pit of my stomach is back and it’s only Saturday!
At the moment my job offer is conditional pending pre employment checks. My references will be fine as I have already spoken to both who are more than happy to complete my reference. My line manager is actually really great she is aware of the problems I have been having and has tried to help but the seniors above her keep overriding her plans.
I need to give four weeks notice but I don’t think I can do it.
Could my job offer be withdrawn if I go off sick?

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TW2013 · 22/08/2020 21:35

You might be able to negotiate a shorter notice period if you can afford not to be paid. Have you any holiday left?

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Paisley2018 · 22/08/2020 23:05

I do have some holidays but they aren’t obligated to authorise them. The last person who left got paid for his holidays as they refused to let him use them towards his notice.
I could try to shorten the notice but it stipulates 4 weeks in my contract.

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Gazelda · 22/08/2020 23:21

I don't think it would be a good idea to go off sick for 4 weeks, unless your GP agrees that it would be in the best interest of your health.

I sympathise, but think you should try to find strategies to get through 4 weeks of work rather than getting signed off.

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Paisley2018 · 22/08/2020 23:30

Thanks.
The culture in my current workplace is sink or swim. I am sinking. Management don’t care. I have expressed my concerns and they fall on deaf ears. I was ready to go to my GP to get signed off due to the stress but I made myself go in as I knew I had a job interview and I didn’t want it on my sick record.

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eurochick · 23/08/2020 00:23

It would still be on your sick record if you haven't had the reference yet.

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BuggerOffAndGoodDayToYou · 23/08/2020 15:53

The reason I handed in my notice at my last job (with no job to go to) were many. I had to see my GP about another health issue and she asked about my work situation so I told her all about it. She signed me off until the end of my notice period as she felt that the working environment was causing my existing health issues to flare up. It was such a weight off my shoulders.

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Moondust001 · 23/08/2020 16:02

@Paisley2018

Thanks.
The culture in my current workplace is sink or swim. I am sinking. Management don’t care. I have expressed my concerns and they fall on deaf ears. I was ready to go to my GP to get signed off due to the stress but I made myself go in as I knew I had a job interview and I didn’t want it on my sick record.

I would never advise going off sick if you can possibly avoid it. Even with a new job offer, anything can go wrong with the offer still, and you could end up without either job and with sickness on your record just when you don't want it there. Better to try to reduce your notice period, or just adopt the "water off a ducks back" approach to work for a few weeks. If you know there's a countdown, you can survive!
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Elieza · 23/08/2020 16:04

I’d be scared I’d get a bad reference. Try and use up your leave instead. If they won’t give you it in one go perhaps they’d let you work a short week or fewer hours per day and use the leave you that way?

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Paisley2018 · 23/08/2020 17:06

At the moment my offer is conditional. Once the required checks are carried out and it become unconditional I will be handing in my notice.
I know i will struggle to even make it through to getting my unconditional offer. I can’t even put into words how bad it is at work.
The thought of being there makes me feel ill. I’ve never felt that way about work before. It’s just been a horrible six months.

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