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Old 28.08.2019, 21:34
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Re: Quit or get fired

OP, working in a place where you are unhappy is a strain! But as a general principal in life (though there are exceptions), don't resign before you have another signed job contract.

A few months ago I wrote to someone else who was in a very stressful work situation:
".. if you are in any way unwell, don't resign.
If you are in any way unwell, don't resign.
Don't resign.

If your health is jeopardised, then go to see a doctor

Good that you've already taken that step.
Does the doctor think that you are too sick to work? Or is that a doctor who will try to help you develop strategies to cope better at work?

If your health is poor, then "get official sick-leave with a doctor's certificate. The doctor does not have to specify any reason, but must state the date until which you are unable to work, and you must make sure your employer gets the certificate (but keep a copy for yourself, for your file, which you'll build from now). During the time that you are on sick-leave your employer's insurance will pay your salary, or a large part thereof.

Many doctors will, to start with, issue only a week or maybe two weeks' sick-leave, especially if they do not already know the patient well. This does not necessarily mean the doctor doesn't believe what you say or take you seriously. It is just not common practice to book anyone off sick for a long time, right from the start. A responsible doctor will want to see you again soon, anyway, to see how you are doing, and help decide on what kinds of treatment might be beneficial. And then he/she may give you a further doctor's certificate for another week or two, and so on.

I agree with what the others have said: Your employer is the agency, and so the conditions of that contract apply.

If the employer wants to end the contract, they can, at any time without a reason, as long as they/you fulfil the notice period correctly. You have the same liberty, but I don't recommend that you do resign. Rather try to find ways to make this job workable, or - if you are too ill - get a doctor's certificate giving you sick-leave.

If anyone writes a reference at all, it should be the agency. However, you are always free to ask anyone to write you a collegial reference, e.g. the former manager with whom you worked well, or a team-colleague who appreciated your work. They can do so in their own name, not on the company's letterhead. Then you at least have the professional assessment of someone who liked your work.

If you ask someone for a reference, it can be a good idea for you to draft the outline (your full name, age, ID-number, the date you started work, the type of project, your role, the tasks you performed, etc.) which will save the other person some work, and they can add anything they wish to. However, make sure that you do not contravene any secrecy agreements.
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