FWD: Re: Job loss through injury or illness?

Subject: FWD: Re: Job loss through injury or illness?
From: Anonymous User <anonfwd -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 06:12:45 -0700

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I agree that this reaches to everyone with a job. I have had some recent experience with this type of issue. Within the last few months I have gotten streppe throat 5 times, which means being home sick quite often. I went back to work as soon as I could but I still missed quite a few days of work. I was quite surprised when I got an informal review that indicated my work was not adequate since I missed a deadline.

I was a little upset at this review since:

1. I had a doctor's release and note indicating why I was sick and when I was released to come back to work.
2. The product's manual in question had not reached alpha stage yet and all of my questions were met with, "wait till we have a program."
3. The SMEs involved have been either a)out of the country or b) sick themselves.

Needless to say I was slightly upset that while I did not meet a deadline, it was not from me NOT working. I apoligized for missing the deadline and asked if we could sit down and plan when I should plan to have the manuals done. Two weeks later I did finally get that meeting. These manuals are now "due" in three weeks yet issues 2 & 3 still exist.

Has anyone had any good solutions to dealing with bad reviews under these circumstances?


On Thu, 11 Feb 1999 07:37:16 > Rowena said
> << There are a lot of issues here for tech writers, and esp. contract
> tech writers. I don't know if anyone else is interested in this
> topic. It has certainly made me think twice about, say, participating
> in a sport that would put me in danger of breaking my wrist or some
> other money making part of my "writing anatomy".>>

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