Thursday, September 06, 2007

I know this so well.

Parents, non-parents compete for time off

Most of my staff is married. With children. But there are others that aren't. I completely understand the feelings in this article. Hell, I've been there myself. But I make it a firm policy to be equitable in my treatment. Mark takes time to go to his daughter's games. Christine gets to take time to get to a concert. Fair to all.


Anonymous said...

Amen. I used to work someplace where the only excuse to leave your desk was a child-related emergency. I was once ordered to cancel a doctor appointment that had been on the calendar for months because someone else had a last-minute kid problem. I refused -- the child's father or grandmother could pick him up, but no one could go to the doctor for me, and I wasn't waiting another three months for a rescheduled appointment.

shayera said...

Good for you. I'll admit to a hell of a lot of resentment about it when I wasn't in charge. It's totally unfair that I'd be forced to pick up the slack so that someone could go catch their kid's volleyball game. But God forbid I wanted to take some time!
Now I'm at a different work location. And I get to supervise. So fair rules for all.

Emma said...

I found you via the link at the bottom of the CNN article. It seems we both blogged about this topic. Unfortunately, I've received a few comments from parents who don't exactly see things our way. Wow.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I was here and I'll be adding you to my blogroll. Keep up the good work!

shayera said...

Hi emma. Thanks for stopping by.
I took at look at the comments over at your place. And can I just say, "wow, way to totally miss the point." I loved the person who basically said that we who don't have children should of course be picking up the slack for those with kids. Yeah. And we're the selfish ones. Uh huh.
Thanks for the encouraging words. I'll add you to my blogroll as well.