Employment - cutting down hours
I thought I'd ask for some advice on here as I have requested an occupational health referral at work.
I'm struggling at work, I work in public sector and the workload is high, I'm stressed all the time and my back seems to flare up more when I'm stressed (recently diagnosed with facet joint syndrome and am still trying to get on top of managing it). I always end up working over my hours and struggle to take the time back.
After ages of trying to ignore things and muddle through I've finally asked for an OH referral to talk about my back and I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to cut down my hours from 5 days to 4.5 days a week.
I'm not registered disabled and I don't take sick days because of my back (tbh I probably push through too much but especially with working from home I feel like I might as well just work even if I'm in loads of pain) so am wondering if my employer would even consider allowing me to reduce my hours. I think my stubbornness may have backfired on me as I always say I'm fine, even when I'm not!
Is this something I can discuss with OH? I know they'll probably want to do a desk assessment which is tricky as I work from home and three different offices. The thought of starting to go back into work regularly is making me really anxious, it takes me a while to "get going" in the morning because my sleep is poor, and the thought of having to get up earlier again is filling me with dread.
My managers are pretty supportive but I'm not sure where I stand if I do ask for a small reduction in my hours. Does anyone have any advice for approaching this topic with an employer?
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