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What do you hope to achieve please?
I would like to maintain my current working pattern if possible and want my employers to understand that I was not initially aware of underlying reasons for lateness, however, if I know how to remedy the problem with or without professional help I can reduce the likelihood of this happening in the future. I initially thought it was due to family events. I am willing to get a formal diagnosis to show that it is not just laziness on my part. If I have tried all methods of remedying the situation and episodes of lateness still occur and I am not given the option of changing my start/finish times during unsociable hours, or when I have family issues, then in the long term I can then consider changing to standard working days where there is more flexibility to start or finish later than the standard times, but I would be working more days.
Apologies for the slight delay, the system did not inform me that you had replied and I only saw your response by accident just now.
If you believe that you have a sleep disorder which may be affecting your work or have other adverse effects on your ability to successfully carry out your work, then you should advise your employer of tis and also agree to conduct whatever appropriate tests may be required to determine whether you suffer from this or not. Whilst you may be reluctant to use your employer’s OH specialist, they are after all professionals who have a duty to act in your best interest and provide an honest opinion. However, if you find that their findings disagree with those of your own specialist, then you may ask for a third opinion from a truly independent party, although it may come down to you having to meet the costs of such examinations.
The key here is that the sleep disorder you may be suffering from could amount to a disability in law (this could be any medical condition as long as it is long-term and has a serious adverse effect on your day to day activities). Therefore, to be afforded the necessary protection under law, where you get protection against discrimination, you must enable the employer to gather sufficient details about this to be able to determine what is wrong with you and how they can help. This can only really be done by obtaining medical reports or diagnoses from qualified professionals. In addition, the employer would have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to assist you in the workplace if the condition affects you, and in your case this could mean being more flexible with working times, providing specialist equipment and so on. But get the formal medical reports in before you do that as it will strengthen your case.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Apologies for the delay. Today was a work day so had to retire before I got your response. I was hoping you would say something along these lines. I want to avoid the risk of having another relapse before being armoured with more information about a potential disability, however trivial it may seem to the employers. I believe there is a connection between this disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Winter Depression.
My fear of OH specialists is historical as I know of someone who was forced to take ill health retirement in the late 1990's after a prolonged period of sickness absence caused by stress at work. I'm a bit younger than that person and I'm sure my circumstances are totally different. 'llI now proceed to give a rating.
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Sorry, system won't let me until you return. Have to retire. Check in tommorrow.
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