It is the present participle of the verb, to manage; but, then, who takes into account these days as to the grammatical application of a term?
It infers the successful control and direction of others (as in a supervisor “managing a group of employees in a project”), or of one’s self (as in the response to the question, “How are you doing”? The reply: “Oh, I am managing.”).
But the word has also come to have a negative inference — for, in contrast to “thriving” or “excelling”, it confers upon the subject the idea that one is in a state of mere existence or survival; of maintaining the status quo and stuck in a chronic purgatory. To merely be “managing” is not the same as growing; it is, rather, like the football team that is continuing to “manage” a lead while the opponent is slowly making a comeback.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are merely managing to stay employed, the problem comes when the Agency begins to initiate a “Performance Improvement Plan” (a “PIP”) or, worse, prepares a notice of removal because of excessive absences or other issues. “Managing” is not the same as thriving.
Contact a disability attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law and begin the process of moving forward as opposed to staying in place and merely “managing” a medical condition and its consequences upon one’s ability and capacity to remain employed.
Robert R. McGill, Lawyer