Thankful for Work

Well, actually I’m more thankful this week for the total understanding and support of my manager and workplace.

So thankful

I finally returned to work on Monday, three weeks after my suspected TIA.

I was worried about how it was going to go. For one thing I wasn’t sure how I was going to cope. I still feel mentally fragile and I didn’t know what I was going to come back to work-wise.

I also wasn’t certain how work would view my recent absence. I knew they would be concerned but I wasn’t sure how I was going to slot back in and whether they would support my necessary need to alter my work/life balance.

Most of all, I was anxious about how my experience would colour other’s view of me. Let’s face it, who wants to be the one who has a potentially dodgy brain? Or who wants to be seen as the manager who can’t handle stress?

I know I don’t, even though both those statements are potentially true.

However, my colleagues and managers have been so very supportive since I returned on Monday. I was given time on Monday to get on top of emails and get up to speed on everything that had happened during my absence.

I was also able to get all the awkward questions out of the way with my colleagues. Actually, the awkward stuff lay with me. It’s not exactly easy to come out and tell your work mates that you’ve had a suspected stroke. They were understandably shocked. But I’m glad they know.

On Tuesday I met with my manager to discuss my needs and my workload. The upshot of the discussion was that I will be having a day off each week to give myself a chance to relax and manage my life. For the next few weeks I’ll also be able to work from home a couple of days a week to help me get back into the swing of things.

This is more than I ever hoped for. I wanted a day away for my own mental and physical wellbeing but to also be able to avoid the stress of my daily commute for a few days a week, that is just wonderful.

I am so thankful and grateful for their understanding and support so far. I have given my workplace nearly 20 years of my life. It’s comforting and, to be honest a relief, to know they are there for me now.

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11 Responses

  1. Zita says:

    That is so great Kirsty! Good to know they appreciate and are supporting you! For after all, your health and well being needs to come first!
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  2. Charlotte says:

    I’m so hoping you are feeling better. The most important thing is taking care of yourself. Much love to you. Xx

  3. I so pleased your workplace has been supportive, it’s sounds like it has been something you’ve worried over, in the days leading up to your return. Easing back in, and planned rest days are a really wise way to go xxx
    Lisa (@lybliss) recently posted..Loving the creative process – Easter Swag Printable

  4. Me says:

    WOW – how good that your work is so accommodating – that is great to hear. They obviously value you as a great employee and don’t want to lose you – be proud of that.
    I hope that having that extra time at home helps you to get back into the swing of things and allows you the extra breathing space that you need.
    Have a wonderful day !
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  5. Fantastic..go you!! often the reality is so much better than the image we have in our heads..take care of you xx
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  6. lisa says:

    So glad that work has been so supportive. Ease back into work-take care of yourself. xx
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  7. ann says:

    That is such good news, you muxt be so relieved. I hope it is possible for you to rest up on your day off. I know that is not always possible with kids11
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  8. Sheridan says:

    That truly is something to be grateful for! You must be so relieved. It means one less thing to be concerned about, and it must be nice to know that your workplace obviously really values you!!!!
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  9. Rhianna says:

    How wonderful to have such a a supportive and understanding workplace. So glad that things are working out well for you. Sending lots of fairy wishes and butterfly kisses your way. Thanks for joining in with #thankfulthursday
    Rhianna recently posted..Things I Know About cramming, breathing and trying to squeeze everything into less time than I would like

  10. Really great to see things are going well for you after what has been a scary experience. What a great thing to be thankful for a supportive work place. I hope you continue to stay well Kirsty !
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