TC at the time $250k
Has anybody ever had to work through serious personal problems such as dealing with a potentially fatal disease or something equally intense? If so, what techniques do you use to just plow through work and not turn into a puddle of mess? Thank you
- New / Engremus808moreI had a medium term life threatening condition as well as panic attacks. I failed to balance it with work, so I ended up quitting and taking a lot of time off. On the surface employer claimed to be very supportive of employees with personal issues but the reality is that I was hounded for doctors letters, insurance papers, expected return date etc. until they said I had to return to work part time so I just quit instead. Best decision I ever made TBH.
TC at the time $250k
- Netflix enjoylyfeKeep your manager in loop but be ready to be let go. I've seen some people use the leeway and come back roaring and others be let go because they couldn't perform to team standards due to the personal issues. It's a double edged sword.
Depends on manager, team, severity of issue and how long you've been here and how much career clout to cash on. If I were you and the severity is high, I'd quit, take care of myself and come back to work. Life is too short to shortchange ourselves.
- Haven’t faced anything big, but when life gets crazy or hard, I compartmentalize my sheet and deal with each part separately, like leaving behind life while entering office and leaving behind work while stepping out. I even leave my mobile at home during such times and hit bed as early as possible. Things will settle in a week or two usually.
- I used to do that too. One day, I made an honest list of things that are keeping me unproductive at work. Some things were horrible to admit to myself and write, but once written, it was easy to work on those items. Once a day’s honest work is done, I rarely think about it.
- Therapy. Take medical leave if it's too hard to work. It's there (along with job protection) for a reason
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Check with your HR person on leaves. You may have other options, but you’d certainly have FMLA (assuming you’ve been there a year). Usually FMLA and maternity leaves are two separate things, but typically run concurrently (but they don’t have to).