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My PM went on leave for 5 weeks, so I was asked to backfill. I was told there would be additional resources brought in and there wasn’t, so I’m doing multiple peoples job. Things came to a head with the client and I expressed concerns to my manager that I was overwhelmed. Multiple days went by and things got worse. It came to the point that I was in severe mental distress. Now, my manager barely acknowledges me and I feel like it’s my fault for not being able to manage. Did I mishandle this?

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No, you didn’t mishandle it but please advocate for yourself with a people lead or someone in your practice if your manager is not paying attention. No one should ever be in severe mental distress for the type of work consultants do.

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I appreciate your thoughts, this is helpful.

Nope. Sounds like you should take leave yourself. It's like this dominoes effect and managers and companies still aren't learning. Sorry you have to deal with this. Take care of yourself first and foremost.

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Thank you, I agree. Wishful thinking that this won’t happen as often in the future.

This also could have been aligned on upfront with the client and partner too such that everyone knows that there would be longer delivery times with no backfill. This would have saved you from so much stress. I am not blaming you for not doing this, but please align on this in the future.

I totally agree. Unfortunately, it was reiterated to the client by leadership that there would be no break in continuity, which led me to having big shoes to fill. Perhaps I should have personally spoke up on the matter sooner.

Sounds like maybe you should have sounded the alarm much sooner, before client was impacted?

Agree, I do wish I would have spoken up sooner. I guess it was partially hoping that the promises agreed to me would be upheld by leadership. Regardless, it shouldn’t have gotten to that point and wish the client wouldn’t have felt the repercussions.

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