Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? (375 words)

I do not see myself five years from now. Three days back I was thinking of killing myself. With this prevailing uncertainty, how can I see myself five years from now?

Instead, let me ask you. Where do you see your firm after 5 years? Do you have a policy where you consider mental health as an issue and spread awareness and sensitise your workers about the same? Do you have a counsellor your employees can reach out to?

How would you treat your employees who are going through trauma/ stress/ depression? Of course, one way is to ignore the same and treat it as the ‘employee’s problem’. But think about an employee who is going through medication and is numb. All he or she is trying to do is survive. Her manager is appalled by her work and she is too sick to reply. Where do you see yourself in that situation? I hope you do not refuse to sanction sick leaves since you are unable to see the sickness.

Don’t get me wrong. I do not want you to treat me differently or have lower expectations from me. You want consistent effort, profit and client satisfaction and so do I. I am wondering if you are willing to adopt humane ways of dealing with all your employees and least of all, trigger mental breakdown.

In case you are sensitive and you accept that all of us can have days where we will be too messed up to work then yes, I will give you my best. I did not generalise by mistake. Every employee can have bad days for reasons that are beyond their control. When that happens to me, I hope you do not correlate it with my illness, worse still, establish causality. Just like the rest, I will have good days and I will work in the most efficient way. Just look at me as a human being and you will not regret hiring me for one moment.

I cannot promise you where I will be five years from now. I promise you, every day that I am working at your firm, I will try my best. I will learn the fastest, try the hardest and I will never let you down.


Published by Leena Bhattacharya

A researcher who finds solace in social work

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