/ Asked by Pat
I needed time off because of bipolar disorder. I'm looking to resume my role next semester. How should I approach my employer about this?
Answered by Suzi, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, October 26, 2015
If you left your role last semester with sufficient notice and the proper notifications to your manager and team, and provided them with detailed project status, it should simply be a matter of reaching out to let your manager know that your situation has been resolved, and that you would like to return to the team, if work is available for you.   Be honest and straightforward, and deal with the situation head-on.  You may want to "script out" your side of the conversation to prepare for what might be a difficult conversation.  It isn't necessary to disclose sensitive details about your illness, but simply saying "I had a medical issue and I took care of it.   I'm ready to get back to work" may be sufficient, to get your foot back in the door, if you left in good standing.
Good luck!
Suzi
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I recommend that you connect with your human resources contact for your work group.  Human resources should be able to provide guidance on how you should proceed given your situation.

All the best. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 13, 2015
Many employers have a medical leave policy.  You need to speak with your human resources department to discuss the situation and the steps that you must take.  Keep in mind that HR must maintain confidentiality and will not disclose the reasons for your leave, unless absoultely required.  This would be the first step I would recommend.  Your HR person will then provide guidance on what you need to do next.  If you have done a good job for this employer, your well-being is in their best interest and getting you the help that you need should be a priority.  Taking care of yourself should be your primary focus, so do not be hesitant to ask for help.  Your employer, your family and friends, and most importantly, you personally will benefit long term.
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