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shift change.

Postby grievesy » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:30 pm

due to an uncomfortable situation at work i have taken time off. i changed shift not by choice so i felt unable to confide in anyone on my new shift about the way i was feeling. i feel i have no choice but to request a shift change in order to help with my recovery as i have good friends who i can chat to. If i have a doctors note to back me up do i have a better chance of a shift change? i cant confide in managers or personnel as information tends to be passed around some how,which i know is wrong. i know of occasions this has happened. help!!!!!!
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Re: shift change.

Postby snail » Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:24 pm

It's difficult to comment without knowing all the details, but it seems a bit extreme to change shifts because there are more people on one shift you can talk to than there are on the other, and you need people to talk to at the moment. I doubt a doctor's note would actually force your employers to put you back on that shift, all it could say is what you are suffering from.

You could bring in the note to work and then say, "Look, you can see my doc says I have depression [or whatever you have] and I feel I would cope better if I was back on my old shift," - your work might be understanding but if they won't agree you can't make them.

To be honest, if you need to talk to these people regularly, can't you simply socialise with them? Invite them out for a drink, or round for a coffee? If they are not close enough friends for you to do that, then they are probably not close enough friends for their advice to really help you anyway.

Either way, I would let work know you want to change your shift back at the earliest possible opportunity - an opening might come up.
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Re: shift change.

Postby grievesy » Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:28 pm

thanks for the advice, going back to my old shift is not an option as it was split up and shared across the other three, without going into too much detail this is a very awkward situation I'm in. will request shift change anyway and see what happens ,
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