Working moms, and working dads, are playing with fire when they make work mistakes, or dodge work, and then blame it on Junior.
I want to set the record straight right now. Just because I constantly write about workers’ rights and about creating a more flexible workplace for working parents and employees who have family obligations, like caring for a sick relative or friend, doesn’t mean I advocate for people dropping the ball at work.
A kid with the stomach flu can take the life out of a parent, but that doesn’t mean you can shirk your responsibilities on the job. The work still has to get done folks. Projects still have to be finished at the office. Patients still have to be taken care of in the hospital. Commuters still have to be able to rely on timely buses and trains.
We shoot ourselves in the foot when we use our family obligations as an excuse. Working moms have to be extra vigilant about this; and I mean this for when you’re dealing with both your male and female bosses and coworkers.
Sometimes women, who are inept, or just lazy, think they can get off the hook for something at work if they just confide to a fellow working mom about their family obligations. “Sorry I didn’t finish my end of the work project. I’ve been going through some family issues. You understand, right?” she’ll whisper.
Yes women should support each other, but when women take advantage of this situation it spells doom for all of us.
I know it’s hell. I had a meltdown this weekend after my daughter got hit with the stomach flu; I faced endless homework for my graduate prep class; and a pile of work to finish for my regular job.
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