Leigh T. on February 9, 2017
I was recently diagnosed with DCIS, Grade 2. I'm in the middle of testing genetics/MRI to determine a treatment plan. I discussed with my HR (we have an outsourced company) and they told me the sooner the better to share with my director. They said the feel the company will be fair but due to the amount of employees, FMLA does not apply.
They said to tell my director verbally, but ambiguously. What does this mean? I have been an employee at this non profit for the company for 5 years, never had any write-ups or issues. I LOVE my job. My career is very important to me. My director is new and we have a new CEO both started at the same time 6 months ago. I'm still building my reputation/relationship with her and lately she has been very complimentary, but she is a personality that I have garnered would consider this a potential cause for lack of focus and would start micromanaging immediately.
How can I approach this conversation? What is too much information being that I still don't know my treatment until these tests come back which will be another 2-3 weeks? I was encouraged the sooner the better to tell by HR company.
I'm a very analytical/logical person and am private at work. I'm considered a very nose to the grindstone personality and work very hard. I'm also concerned about appearing weak. Or any mistake (which naturally in life we make those) that cancer will be the "reason".
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Our work culture is sometimes too transparent because we are about 20 employees in a small office. And not disclosing can be construed as hiding. I've seen it happen in other scenarios.