Recently, due to health concerns, I consulted a doctor who advised me to take a medical leave for about 4 to 6 weeks, depending on my recovery. As I write this in January, my manager rates my performance at 3 or 4 out of 5. Having worked diligently throughout the year, I am eager to achieve a rating of 4, which will be finalized in August, though typically decisions are made by April.
However, I question the wisdom of deferring my health needs for the sake of a rating, especially since the financial and promotional benefits are not significant. Additionally, I have been contemplating a move to a FAANG or similar company for a better role and salary.
Despite the uncertain job market, I don't want to jeopardize my current position. There are also personal matters I need to address during my medical leave.
I'm seeking advice on how to balance pursuing a favorable performance rating with taking my medical leave, possibly in February. Is there a strategy to achieve both objectives?
what I am leaning towards is prioritizing health & starting the medical process by February. If a company penalizes me by giving me a sh*t rating for taking care of my health, then it’s not a good fit. I haven’t taken a long vacation > than 4 days in 2 years.
I question the wisdom of deferring my health needs for the sake of a rating
Hard to argue with this logic. Your health is more important than your work. However, the nuance is that neither of these are binary options.
A few things to consider:
See also these related discussions about asking for extended time off:
I’m at a tier 2 company. Not a FAANG currently.
I don’t think my current/ future ratings will help with landing a new job in the future. As it will be a fresh start at a new company.
however, I do care about my performance here, and want to be seen as a highly effective contributor. How can I bring up the gap between 3 and 4 rating, and my medical leave with my manager?
How can I bring up the gap between 3 and 4 rating, and my medical leave with my manager?
I'd decouple these conversations. First get clarity on how you're trending for your performance review. (hopefully you have like a monthly career check-in)
Several weeks (or at least days) later, you can bring up the medical leave.
Your health comes first! I feel like you're worrying too much about your rating, especially given the circumstances (not taking a proper break for 2 years is really rough and will burn you out). If you're at a "Tier 2" company, there really isn't a meaningful difference in pay, clout, etc from getting 4/5 instead of 3/5.
That being said, it's still important to care about your rating, particularly with avoiding a below average rating/PIP. Some thoughts here:
Best of luck - I hope your leave is really helpful for your long-term health!
Thank you for the valuable advice!