Hey Dude - how about going off on sick leave and see how you feel after you've been to the Hansa centre (if that's what you choose to do)
I've not worked since 2013 - but I haven't quit the job - not sure I want to go back there - but will make that decision when the time comes.
I think it's great to work at a job you like.
My father raised us kids to not quit a good job - that was how his generation saw it.
But my son sees it differently - he chooses where he wants to work - then applies for the job. He loves going to work everyday and I am so happy and proud of him.
His father worked at a mill job for many years - until it closed. Good money but crappy work conditions.
We spend a huge chunk of time at our jobs - wouldn't it be great to actually like our jobs?
True, I could certainly go on unpaid medical leave (FMLA) and possibly even Short-Term Disability (STD) again. But, at the end of it, I would still have to go back to the job that I hate and which causes me mental and physical stress.
If on STD, while attending the Hansa Center, at least I would still be getting paid. I could really push to get paid as long as possible. That would require me to check-in weekly with my manager, while on STD. This wasn't the case with FMLA.
Ultimately, though, even if I were healthy, I wouldn't want to stay. I agree with you about
not quitting a good job. To me, my job is not a good one. Interestingly, I've had two colleagues (one in Australia and one in Germany) ask me if I thought my job could possibly be making/keeping me sick.
So, that's interesting about
your job. You're still on your employer's payroll? (Obviously, this is a personal question and you don't have to answer, of course.) Honestly, if I could take Long-Term Disability from my employer (66.67% of my salary), I would take that deal.
I had to go look-up my benefits and refresh my memory. This is what I found:
"Short-Term Disability (STD) Income Plan
The Short Term Disability (STD) Benefit Plan provides employees with salary continuation for each day they are absent due to illness or injury, up to a maximum of 26 weeks in a period of 12 consecutive months depending on your date of hire and hiring division. You are eligible for this coverage on your first day of employment.
The benefits provided under this plan are offset with any Social Security Disability Income or Workers Compensation payments, or both. To receive STD benefits, employees may be asked to provide supporting documentation. In the event employees become totally disabled, they receive maximum benefits under this plan before benefits begin under the Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan.Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan
The Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan provides employees with important income protection if they become sick or injured for an extended period of time. The plan offers the following options:
• No coverage
• 50% of pay
• 66 2/3% of pay (this is the plan I have)
Coverage is offset with other sources of disability income, such as Social Security Disability Income or Workers’ Compensation, or both. The LTD period begins on the date immediately following the expiration of the STD Income Plan coverage."
It seems that LTD payments would be taxable, in my case, as I pay for my monthly premiums with pre-tax dollars. That's a bummer, because my payroll deduction for the 66 2/3% option is only $8.60 per month. I'd rather pay that with after-tax dollars and not get taxed on the LTD income! But, it wouldn't be America, if we weren't getting taxed to death.
Of course, this is all academic, as I'm not on either option at the moment. But, it's good that I learned something.
Anyway, Girlie, I think your Son is doing it right - decide where you want to work and then go work there. If only we were all so lucky.
Thanks, as always, for the feedback.