Keir D. on February 5, 2024
Our 2023 performance reviews are coming up. A part of that process is writing a self-review detailing whether I achieved my objectives during the year. I was on medical leave for a total of 13 weeks last year. The first was for six weeks during the second half of my chemotherapy, then for 4 weeks following my first surgery, then for 3 weeks + 1 week of vacation for my second surgery. How do I approach my self-review when I was out a good portion of the year, coming back to work for about 6 weeks at time between leaves? Are there things I should lean into and talk about, and others that I should avoid or be careful of?
Note: The first leave followed a three-day suspension for inappropriate behavior. (While I was OOO for the day getting an infusion, I was nominated to lead a 20-minute, 70-person status meeting the following week and no one told me until an hour before the meeting. As a result of the surprise and stress of being on my 3rd round of chemo, I got upset with my manager and refused to lead the meeting. I was suspended as a disciplinary action as a result, at which time I opted to go on medical leave for the remainder of my chemo treatments.)