Question: I started a new job in January. Soon thereafter, my child needed surgery. Not too long after that, I got sick, too. I heard a rumor that I’m going to be fired, and don’t know what to do next. Any thoughts?

Melinda
Stafford, Virginia

Answer: What you describe is pretty close to what happened to an employee of our firm when she started. I must admit, after her mother got sick, her child got sick, and then she got sick, I started to wonder if I had hired the right person.

What she did worked, and I would recommend to you: Ask for a meeting with your supervisor, and tell him or her (a) what happened, (b) that you believe it won’t happen again, and (c) assure him or her that you REALLY want the job. You might even tell him or her of steps you are taking to get help coping in such family emergencies.

I can tell you that when I was told that, I “swept the slate clean,” and gave our new employee another chance. Over the past four years, she has become very, very dependable, and one of our most valuable employees. I am pleased with myself that I made the decision I did. And she honored her assurances.

Give it a try. It could only help. Your health is in my prayers.

Best, Al Sklover

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