I am a qualified accountant who has recently been signed off from work with stress.
It's been a very challenging few months at work, with no support, long hours, unrealistic demands, co-workers not acting like a team, staff leaving, and more and more work .We had a new accountant start recently who can help out, but she needs time to settle in. I got to the point where I was so stressed out with the job, that I ended up having panic attacks and threw up. I decided to see my GP and he advised I take time off from work (3 weeks). I gave my employer the sign off note. They have wished me a speedy recovery and have asked for a short handover which I have given. They also asked whether I can take any phone calls to assist with work. I reluctantly said yes, I mean, I will only be able to assist with basic things. I don't really want to be disturbed while I try to recover mentally.
I have not been in this situation before and I do feel quite scared of the prospect of going back. I am also dreading the prospect of being roasted and possibly fired. (My top boss is impatient).
My health comes first. When I recover, I will go back and see how things are. I suspect a lot of the work won't be covered and I will have a huge workload to deal with again.