on 10/1/13 10:30 pm

I am on the verge of accepting a new job.  I am still pre-op.  I have only had my orientation.  So I still have all of my up coming appointments which means I'll be away from work.

Do I mention my appointments and surgery to my (potential) new employer BEFORE I sign?

REFERRED: June 19, 2013, ORIENTATION: September 23, 2013,1st SURGEON (Dr. KLEIN) APPT. October 10, 2013 RN / SW / NUT: December 20, 2013 DR. GLAZER: January 7, 2014 2nd SW / NUT: February 14, 2013, 2nd SURGEON (Dr. KLEIN) APPT. March 31, 2014, 2nd APPT. DR. GLAZER: February 4, 2015   PATTS: February 19, 2015 SURGERY: March 13, 2015


on 10/1/13 11:14 pm - Ottawa, ON, Canada

Yes.  Not the specifics, as that's no one's business but your own, but the fact that you will be requiring some time off in anticipation of a surgical procedure in the next (blank) months, or so.

Or, no. 

Only you know the environment, the people, the expectations.

Me?  I'd be upfront -- pre-planning matters to me, as a manager, and I let people know what's going on.



Referral - March 2011 // Orientation - Ottawa - July 8, 2011 // Surgery - January 23, 2013

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on 10/1/13 11:22 pm

If you don't have appointments booked already, who knows when they may be.  Some centres people wait months between orientation and appointments so why say anything if you don't know the dates yet.  You could tell them that you are having surgery in the next year(depending on which centre, you might have a general idea of timeframe) and let them know that you will need X number of weeks off then.  As for the other appointments, if you are close enough you may only need a few hours off and even if you need the whole day, most of the centres are trying to lump appointments together so people don't have to go numerous time.  

Personally, I'd say nothing as you don't even know if you will get the green light for surgery.

Monica M.
on 10/1/13 11:22 pm - Penetanguishene, Canada

ugh.. this is a sticky situation. If you were ACTUALLY hired, i'd say tell them. Since its potential, and they have all the rights to say "yeah, you're not right for the position", and not give you a real reason, then... i'd say keep it on the down low until you have confirmation that you're hired.

on 10/1/13 11:27 pm - Barrie, Canada
RNY on 05/21/13

I agree, be honest but do not go in to detail. I was in hr for years, its important they know you may be off for a few weeks within the first year of being hired. You can't really give them a date, but to explain it will be within a year timeframe is better and more realistic than telling them it will be a month after your hired. 

Starting weight: 334 lbs.Starting opti weight: 323 lbs, Surgery weight 303 lbs.Surgery-May 21st, 2013 with Dr Hagen at HRRH Goal weight 165 lbs reached at 13 months. Current weight 156 lbs


on 10/1/13 11:32 pm - Canada

I would suggest talking to a friend if you have one who works in HR or contacting HR/ESA specialist (Ministry of Labour website may be helpful as well). Just in terms of what you may need to disclose to your new employer. It may not be a problem, as they say, the process may take up to a year and most "probationary" time periods are anywhere from 3-6 months.

Katie H.

Referral January 2013 - Orientation at TWH March 4  -  Social Worker May 27 - Nurse Practitioner July 11 - Nutrition Class August 26 - Dietitian September 4 - Psychologist September 4, Meeting with Surgeon September 13 - Surgery October 28


on 10/1/13 11:47 pm - Oakville, Canada
RNY on 11/19/13
I'm in HR and I would say don't tell them. At this point you are exploring surgery. You haven't been approved, nor have you agreed to have it done. Anyone can have medical appointments at any tome so its not really relevant to a new job. As for surgery, your appointments will take a bit of time so you should be able to get an understanding of the culture before deciding what/how much to share.

From a legal standpoint you are not obligated to share anything more than advising that you require time off for medical reasons but that is not necessarily the best strategy from a career standpoint.

That being said, I don't know what the new role is and if it requires a lot of training or preparation for you or your replacement it might be best to say something before the offer is made.


Referral Mar 1, 2013 Orientation Apr 17, NP May 2, SW May 6, Nut May 6, Dietitian June 6, Psych June 18, meet surgeon July 5, PATTS Oct 8, Surgery Nov 19th


Kathy Fisher
on 10/2/13 12:02 am - Canada

If you really want this job...don't tell them !! I'm not saying that they will suddenly change there minds about hiring you..but you have given them a reason to rethink it. I say get the job first and book your medical appointments that are during work hours off as they come up and when you get approved and a month away from your surgery date..then tell them. Good luck 




on 10/2/13 12:17 am - Newmarket, Canada

I agree to NOT tell them yet. Who knows when your surgery will be.... It's not like it's next month. It could be in a year or more. 

I say wait. That's what I would do if I really wanted a new job

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on 10/2/13 12:28 am - London, Canada
RNY on 06/25/12

I say don't tell them. I had this exact experience - I went for my orientation in August and started a new job in September. After speaking with the clinic, I made the decision to delay my appointments until I was through my 3 month probationary period at my new job. This worked well since my benefits did not kick in until the 3 month mark. In January, I began my clinic appointments and approached my boss to let her know I would be having surgery and would be looking at 5-6 weeks off post-op.


Keeping off 133 lbs since 2012!

Referral to Bariatric Registry: May 2011   /   Surgery (HRRH): June 25, 2012         

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