Sounds Fake, But Okay

, , , , , | Working | February 25, 2020

After a month of trying to get medical leave and being given a difficult time about it, I quit my job. Between quitting my old job and being hired at my new job, a time period of about two months, I have three surgeries and spend a total of two weeks in the hospital. I’m worried about my chances of being hired while still in recovery, but I need the money. I’m discussing this with the head of HR.

Me:
“My doctor has told me to not lift over 15 pounds, but I know [department] has a lot of product that’s regularly over twenty pounds.”

HR:
“Do you know if it’s a permanent restriction? If it’s only short-term, we can just make sure there’s someone else in [department] with you so it’s never an issue.”

Me:
“I believe it is. I also have been told I need the ability to sit down when I feel it’s necessary.”

HR:
“We can absolutely get a stool over there for you. Do you know if there are any more surgeries you’ll need time off for? I’d hate to have you worry about that.”

Me:
“I should be good. You mean… you actually take care of your employees?”

HR:
“We try to. We’ve found that when we do, people actually like working.” 

After a few more weeks of recovery, my doctor pulled me off of my restrictions, and HR even gave me a card for it!

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