Karren Brady’s career advice for a worker suffering from depression and a boss making snide comments

APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady answers your career questions and meets an inspiring CEO.

Here, she gives readers advice on how to be a good manager for their team.

Karren Brady, Baroness Brady, CBE is a British business executive and television personality


Karren Brady, Baroness Brady, CBE is a British business executive and television personality

Q) I was recently diagnosed with depression and I started taking medication.

I’ve had a few days off work in the past few months because I felt like I couldn’t go to work – my job is in a warehouse so working from home wasn’t an option – but now my boss has started working. mean comments to me when I walked in.

Also, when I texted her saying I couldn’t work, she only gave me one word responses and never asked how I was.

I wasn’t comfortable telling her too much about my illness, and the stress of how she treated me made me feel even worse.

Can you give me some advice?

Cate, via email

Karen said: I’m sorry to hear about your struggle with depression, but it’s great that you sought professional help.

Ask your GP for a doctor’s note explaining your diagnosis and the need for occasional rest.

Even though you may not feel comfortable talking to your manager about your illness, making a note can bring legitimacy to your situation and potentially improve their understanding.

Mental health support is now a priority for many businesses, so your company should have a support plan in place.

Speak to your HR department to discuss how they can best support you, including changes that might be made to your responsibilities, working hours and time off for employees. medical appointment.

The priority here is your health and you deserve understanding and support.

If the situation continues to escalate, you may want to consult a legal professional, such as Citizens Advice.

In the meantime, continue taking your medication, attend therapy if recommended, and participate in activities outside of work that help your mental health.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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