30 March 2017
Mental health issues
…tell your boss
This may be for some a very tricky and hard subject to tackle, you feel at edge, not sure what to do, here are some helpful tips -
- Pick the right time: not when they’re incredibly busy or five minutes before lunch, and ask a colleague to attend to give you that much needed support or ask for someone from HR to attend;
- Prepare: make notes or do an agenda to keep you focused, but remember this is informal. There’s no need to provide a detailed explanation (it not a grievance), but be sure to explain how your condition affects you and what support you might need. The key is to emphasise your condition does not affect the quality of your work.
- Encourage questions: knowledge is a powerful tool and can be a positive experience. Your employer will be able to find our more and be better placed to assist you.
- Follow up an email: thank the parties for their time and support, set out what was agreed and what if any actions will need to be taken forward. Ask for a follow up meeting if required. In addition, your communication will serve as written proof that you advised your employer, that you reached out for support, assistance and guidance.
For more information, contact Nighat Sahi