I have been employed at the same place for many years.
Although my job is stressful, generally I am lucky enough to enjoy it, and I find it gives me much satisfaction.
I have chronic depression, and my GP and Occy Health believe probably SAD.
Currently I am managing these well with a combination of anti-depressants, light box and generally communicating well with others.
I am very much
better than I was this time last year
Basically I am feeling like I am finally getting back on track
Now it seems like that all that is about to be shattered,
Up until now...I have found working normal 9:00-17:30 Mon-Fri suits me just fine, and it also benefits my employer because I tend to know what been happening more on a day to day basis rather than my shift working colleauges.
From next year I am very corncerned
that I am going to be forced into working a shift system, that I honestly believe is going to be disasterous to my mental health and well-being.
My employer's say they will look into exceptions, however I know that at other sites..employees have been told. If you can't work the shifts, you're not fit to work!
Just sat here typing this is making me extremely
I have only just got my sleep pattern back to normal. I am sure that working shifts will completely mess it up.
I am anxious at the best of times...I really don't think I can cope with the worry of leaving/arriving at work in the middle of the night and waiting for buses in the dark hours of early morning.
Basically I want to know, does anyone know where I stand on this?
I guess I should get some sound legal advice, but am worried about the financial cost...and also that it will get my employers backs up if they find out this is the route i'm going down.
I'm not interested in any financial gain, I do honestly want to do my fair share of work. But I don't want to go back to the hell-hole of depression, if it can all be avoided by just doing what i'm already doing now?