I'm in a difficult situation right now and feel I need some time off to recover and manage, but am also concerned with optics.
I've been interviewing for new roles recently and spent my time off over the holidays (~2 weeks) preparing for a particularly stressful onsite interview. The team I was originally interviewing with no longer has an opening and I'm stuck waiting for headcount to open up and find a new team.
The stress of this situation has been taking a toll on me mentally and physically, and I've been dealing with a lot of health issues over the last month. I think it would be best for me to take at least a couple of weeks off to help reduce my stress and focus on maintaining my health. This isn't extremely extended, but amounts to more like a month off when factoring the recent 2 weeks off for the holidays.
After writing this out, it seems more cut-and-dry that I need to just ask and cite the health issues. I'd be curious to hear how others have navigated asking for extended time off.
Yep, I think being candid about your mental health struggle and figuring out a transition plan makes sense. I'd come into the conversation with your manager with the answer already decided (you're not asking for permission), but you're trying to be a good teammate in terms of timing and transitioning your work while you're out.
There may be some way to figure out the optimal timing to maximize pay / ability to switch teams in a series B company. If it's easy for you to casually talk to others on the team, you could consider that. But given the paramount importance of your health, I wouldn't worry about this.