“For a long time I thought I was the work golden child. I could do no wrong, and bossman never had to talk to me about anything. Then boom, I go through some personal stuff, and two people have told him I seem grumpy and unhappy in my job (where I need to be super bubbly). I realize that I don't know how to take a hit, and that maybe I need to use those vacation/personal hours I never touch to catch my breath from the aforementioned personal stuff. Why does that feel like admitting defeat?”

Posted anonymously in Sanvello's Work Stress community.