June 29, 2006
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Had my annual review at work today, and it was possibly the least nerve-wracking one I’ve ever had. Much better than one at a previous employer, about three months after I’d been diagnosed with depression:
Manager: "You’re emotional and you had a couple of outbursts a few months ago."
Me: "Well, that’s symptomatic of depression. I am getting treatment and should improve."
Manager: "We want you to have improved within one month or we’ll give you a ‘failed’ rating and you won’t get a pay rise."
Me: "I honestly can’t promise you that. I have no idea how long I’ll take to recover fully."
Manager: "Are you deliberately trying to be difficult?"
It’s paraphrased, but you get the gist…