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Timcat54

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19 September 2020
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I received a disciplinary letter on 11/09/2020 at 5pm on a Friday from my manager stating she had roster issues and my work performance in relation to rosters abc the program we use TimeTarget which isn’t the best rostering program I’ve ever used in my 20 years of administration in aged care. This disciplinary letter took me by surprised me as I’ve never been warned or manger performanced about my work no official warnings. So this is my 5th manager in two years as the aged care facility I work for is only two years old. I was in total shock and stressed out of my mind and ended up having a this weekend off on sick leave. My GP has been made aware that I had issues with my manager prior to me receiving this letter. Weeks before I got this letter I noticed my manager’s behaviour had changed towards me greatly I mean I had issues with her from day one but more so in the last few weeks. I was dealing with a lady who refused to reply to any of my emails, no communication, would send emails to other staff and not include me in on them when I should have been, didn’t know how to use our programs, would never let me know which staff called in sick after hours, would ask her who rang in sick and would lie to my face. I have email proof of many events that took place. Staff with no police checks working refused to do anything, we have a staff member working without even completing her employment paper work was made aware and the chef manager you couldn’t speak to as she would threaten you and make your life hell if you did. We had no phones for nearly two weeks and no fax snd we are an aged care facility. Anyway while I’ve been on sick leave stressed out of my mind about my disciplinary letter I learn that my manger was sacked and walked out this week by our head office. So what’s going on? I believe my manager has thrown me under the bus to save herself but I could be wrong? And they have stood another girl down for an investigation in relation to a resident death. I’ve been made aware that this meeting will go ahead once I return to work after my sick leave. My concern is what’s going on why did they sack the manager and what if they sack me also ? My GP has given me a capacity medical and to go on work cover I know that they will reject my claim if I do but I’m truly not sure if I should return to work go on more sick leave or lodge work cover. In my 20 years working administration I’ve never had any disciplinary action or any performance management taken out on me all my performance reviews have been perfect and have copies of all performance reviews. I’m at a loss as what to do. Any advice would help do I go to work Monday or claim work cover ?
 

Rod

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WorkCover can be career suicide, particularly for 'stress' claims. Only use it as a last resort.

While what I suggest may not work, it is preferably to prolonging the misery you feel right now:

Use the weekend to pull yourself together, looking at the situation without emotion and prepare for a return on Monday.

Aged care is a mess at the moment as it is good your (poor) manger has been moved on.

When going back to work focus on how you can do the work without fuss, and can help them improve the facility. Show you are an asset they need. You need to emotionally let go of the things that the previous manager used to do, and focus on how you can work with the new manager and are looking forward to making things better.

Your approach to working on Monday is about them and what they need, not your baggage and how you feel.
 

Timcat54

Active Member
19 September 2020
5
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31
Victoria
WorkCover can be career suicide, particularly for 'stress' claims. Only use it as a last resort.

While what I suggest may not work, it is preferably to prolonging the misery you feel right now:

Use the weekend to pull yourself together, looking at the situation without emotion and prepare for a return on Monday.

Aged care is a mess at the moment as it is good your (poor) manger has been moved on.

When going back to work focus on how you can do the work without fuss, and can help them improve the facility. Show you are an asset they need. You need to emotionally let go of the things that the previous manager used to do, and focus on how you can work with the new manager and are looking forward to making things better.

Your approach to working on Monday is about them and what they need, not your baggage and how you feel.
I totally agree about WorkCover and I’ve been treated badly by my manager and now I’m left behind to justify my position and these mistakes and roster issues mistakes so basically it’s my word against my ex manager and the big gabs in our rosters because I was just doing as I was told. I truly believe that they will not keep me on and will dismiss me. But I feel that our head office has provided no support to any of our managers we are up to number six manager. The year before all the staff at our head office we’re sacked even our CEO says something about this company. Thanks