Our expert says:
Shoosh ! Chill, cool, and breathe calmly, Liza. Yes, surely, highly annoying. but don't let it all rattle you so much. There can be many reasons for increased forgetfulness, in physical and mental disorders, but the sort of stress you describe within your work could do it, all on it's own. A good physical check up and the opinion of your psychiatrist, should help to locate the source of the problem and point to the best way to deal with it.
And Shaun's right --- don't you need to plan a break, even a relatively short one, to recover from all these rattles ?
Q seems to be an admirably organized and knowledgeable person ( would that we were all lucky enough to work in Q's office !) and nicely summarizes a good work-related approach.
That point about hearing an assignment and repeating it back to her is always excellent --- it shows you're being careful, it helps you to remember, and if she's been unclear with the instructions, it helps you both to spot the miscommunication as soon as possible.
And I'm so delighted that Q confirmed something that was bothering me --- I thought it was illegal and improper for her to insist that the amounts of overtime worked be not recorded. And if you don't need to take sufficient time of ( though it might help add towards that break !) get paid for it. And do chat to the Dept of Labour to confirm this, and maybe intervene.
if December is such a busy month, it's a very odd time to give your alternate a month or even a week off.
As Shaun says, discuss all this with your psychiatrist, and get his advice. And isn't the HR manager and staff supposed to try to find solutions for you, not fresh problems ?
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