Author Topic: Anxiety  (Read 343 times)

0 Members and 0 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline MH

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 11747
Re: Anxiety
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2021, 09:59:57 am »
1. My work place promotes a culture of mental health, talking about how people should not stigmatize mental ill-health, and offering resources for people who might be struggling.  I am lucky in that I could take time off to  regain my own health. 

2. And then I had my performance review and one of the goals suggested to me was to improve my attendance.  If I was ill, and they supported my efforts to get myself well, it confuses me as to why this would be brought up - it is a mixed message, I think:  "Sure we understand you were sick, but come to work anyway"?  Would the same goal be suggested if someone had suffered a severe physical trauma that kept them home for six weeks?

3. There've been two suicides among our 130 staff members in the last few years.  After the second one, the messaging on mental health became a lot more insistent.  But I think I'll suggest somewhere that if one is mentally ill and dealing with it means taking some time off work, that absence shouldn't be noted in the performance review.

1. This seems to be the way now but... does the walk match the talk ?  I am very good about giving people time off no matter what but they HAVE to ask for help.  I can be harsh if people don't ask for help and I probably have to work on it.

2. Yes, I don't think I would allow my managers to put that feedback into anyone on the team.

3. That's ... sobering.  I haven't had to deal with that at work.  A few deaths, the death of a friend's son in an avalanche, a young guy who died in a freak bike accident in his 20s, a mis-identified executive who was mistakenly thought to have killed himself (and that took a harrowing full day to sort out), a death of a client's child which I didn't communicate well on... sadness but we have to be humans first.