I am back for advice - thank you again to everyone who replied to my post about fatigue, they were very helpful comments.
Anyway, to cut a very long story short, i work for a care company in the office. We all cover calls if needed, so I came clean about my probable ms diagnosis and explained I would find it difficult to do certain calls, such as helping someone out the bath, cooking in a hot kitchen, etc due to balance problems and heat intolerance - both very real problems for me, plus I didn’t want to compromise anyone else’s safety. i said I was more than happy to cover the companionship calls, light domestic calls, etc.
Over the last few months, I have had increasing hostility in the office, been sent to Coventry, am not privy to anything going on at all and very much frozen out. The bullying has increased and I now get downright nasty comments said directly to me. When I confronted my boss and my manager (separately) and asked if my job was safe, I got no real answer. The only thing they would say was that they would check out their public liability to see if I was able to attend calls, and if not, then well…In effect, if I can’t cover all calls which need covered, I had no job.
So, it seems my job is not safe. What I need advice on is am I covered in any way, even though technichally I am on a zero hours contract? I know I need to look for a better job as the stress is getting so bad and I really don’t deserve this sort of treatment. Will I get a bad reference?
Any advice would be really welcome!
[/quote] Hello Choochy. I am so sorry to read of your situation with regards to bullying.
Have you got a HR dept: at the HQ of the care company?f ind out and speak with them about the matter.
Ask your manager for the policy and procedures on ‘bullying in the workplace’. and ask her to go through it with you. If she declines this request ask to be pointed in the direction of someone in the company who will. There will be someone…so dont let your bullies tell you any different.
We all have rights in the workplace…and bullying isnt one of them…
Please dont be affraid of the bullies, some of them wont have a clue what they are on about and wont have any idea about consequences of their actions. A lot of them will be following the ‘Lead bully’ because it is the safest place for them to be. i.e. They to are as scared of the bully/s as you are. Hold your head up high and go forward with this…
As far as I am aware if you have medical issues them a lot of companies will try and give you duties that you can carry out without causing any health and safety issues to either yourself or others. I dont think your manager will be qualified to decide the outcome of this. I would ask to be seen by the companys medical/health department.(occupational health) If they dont have one then they would normally get an independent company in to do an assesment on you.
I hope what i have put down makes sence to you…I know whatI mean …but am not always good at expressing myself on paperanymore…
Please do get as much help and onfo as you can…and I will be with you in thoughts on this one. Bullying is a terrible thing.
Take care and good luck…xx Maria