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Deflect unwelcome curiosity

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Q I’ve had a series of health problems causing me to miss some work. Now people keep prying about my health, and I sense I’m getting a reputation as a sickly, unreliable person. What can I do?

A Redirect nosy questions by saying, “That’s not the most interesting topic,” or, “Thanks for asking. I’m fine.” Don’t feel you must reveal private health matters to others.

In terms of your reputation, all you can do is work hard, produce results and show strength in the face of adversity. Showing up is a big part of earning a boss’s trust, but delivering on your promises and demonstrating commitment to your job can make up for excused absences.

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