How To Deal With Unexpected Sick Leave

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A Commonsense Guide To Sick Leave

Being unwell is horrible. The physical strain it puts on the body is bad enough, but the effect it can have on the mind is very disorientating and generally unpleasant. Nobody likes being sick, whether they’re young or old, but there’s no denying that the consequences and aftermath of being unwell can be a little more severe for adults than children. Namely, when it comes to the subject of taking time off work.


Sickness is generally frowned upon in most businesses. I’m sure you know that. The business world doesn’t offer a sympathetic shoulder or a basic human understanding that people just get sick sometimes. The business world often wants you back to work the next day, if at all possible. If not, of course, there can be frustrating consequences for you; especially given the fact that you didn’t choose to be sick.


There seems to be little justice in the capitalist, ever-moving, evolving world in which we live, especially when it comes to nature’s effect on us as humans. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to shrug your shoulders and give in. You should be dealing with your recovery from this health hiccup like a pro. Don’t let your company take you for granted.


Try to understand why you’re ill.

This is the first way you should be dealing with your recovery. Well, second to the recovery itself, perhaps. Still, you need to understand why you’re ill and what the health problem is, exactly, because this will determine how much time you take off work. Depending on your specific type of business or the industry in which your company is based, this may be difficult or relatively straightforward.


It depends on your symptoms, at the end of the day. If you think you have a minor cold, then give yourself a day to see if it clears up. Don’t go taking time off work until you’re sure. Of course, if it’s something more serious, such as a stomach bug, your boss will usually want you to take more time off to avoid infecting the rest of the office; perhaps as much as a week.


Again, this is all minor time off work and probably won’t have any real consequences. It’s when your health problems don’t clear up that you need to start thinking about the amount of time you’ll be taking off work. It’s best to see a doctor at this point, for more than one reason.

You want to check it’s nothing too serious, but you’ll also want an official note to clarify that you are, in fact, very unwell. This is vital when it comes to arranging time off from your company, and ensuring that you don’t suffer financially, as well as health-wise. You’re already having a tough enough time, as it is.



Monitor your finances during this time.

Depending on your health care system, and the severity of your illness, you could be spending next to nothing or thousands on your recovery. Of course, added to that is the possibility that you may not be covered in terms of a salary during your time off work, which becomes worrisome when days might become weeks.


These are all reasons for keeping an eye on your bank account. Yes, it’s incredibly stressful that, whilst you only want to be focusing on recovering physically and mentally, you also have to expend some of your energy on safeguarding material assets, but it’ll save you headaches and other forms of pain further down the line.


If your recovery is taking a particularly long time, and you’re struggling with all the additional time off work, it might be a good idea to look into the treatment your hospital offered. If the recovery time is much longer than expected, there’s a chance that something went wrong with either the procedure or the medication you were prescribed to help you get better. Firms such as Gersowitz Libo & Korek can help you with the matter of medical compensation, in such a case.


Take simpler steps to improve recovery.

Maybe you’ve been let down by your employer and the doctors who have tried to help you get better more quickly, but the one person you can always count on is you. Maybe that’s a little corny, but it’s something you need to focus on in this difficult time. Nobody can stop you from taking steps to recovering quicker and ensuring your sick leave doesn’t leave a nasty mark on your bank account or your position within the company.


Changes to your lifestyle could be the key here. Take this time off work to try and eat more healthily, or be more physically active, and see if that works wonders in terms of your overall health both today and in the future. Think about the things which led you to be ill this time, and consider whether or not they might be preventable. Perhaps something as simple as overworking and undersleeping could have been the cause, so use your time off to correct your sleeping pattern, ready to improve for your return to the workplace.


Your mental wellbeing is as important as anything.

This is one piece of advice that is all too easy to forget in the modern age. We live in a time of technology, communication and work which needs to be completed ever-faster to meet ever more demanding clients, businesses, and consumers. It’s no wonder that so many of us reach a breaking point, and our bodies can’t keep up with our heads.

When you’re demanding too much of yourself mentally, take a step back and look at the situation. It isn’t good for you to live this way, and you’ll only find you keep on having physical health problems and keep on needing to take sick leave if you don’t look after your mind. Find a way to manage your workload in a human way, because you’re not a robot. There are limits, and your employer should know that.

If you have to go on sick leave it essential to know what to do next. I hope this guide helps you

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