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Disability Narratives

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Interview excerpt: The problems with continuity of manager caused difficulties for Rachel’s relationships with her managers.

Image for Rachel© Disability NarrativesIt was a bit of a difficult process. In the last three years that I was at the [department], I had three different line managers. Which really didn't help. Owing to maternity leaves, and endless restructurings. So I had a good relationship with the manager who went on maternity leave, and she kind of knew a little bit about what was going on. I found it very difficult to talk to the person who was filling in for her successor. And I had been to occupational health a couple of times before, and I thought that they might be quite helpful, so I asked to go back to occupational health, just for somebody else to talk to. And she said "Oh, you don't need to go to occupational health." And I had to fight quite hard for that. I kind of felt that if I was going to be unwell and at work, and it could potentially have an impact, then I kind of needed occupational health to be on my side. Fighting in my corner.