Fear the Clam: Okay, why do watermelons have fancy weddings? Because they cantaloupe.
wolfpaq777: The beauty of at-will employment, which we have in all 50 states of the USA, is that you can quit your job at any time for any reason and move on to something better.
neongoats: Where married folks, folks with kids, people with boyfriends and girlfriends, etc are all consistently given the best shifts, the most leniency with time off, etc
Abox: neongoats: Where married folks, folks with kids, people with boyfriends and girlfriends, etc are all consistently given the best shifts, the most leniency with time off, etcReally? That's kind of random. Meanwhile I'd rather work through the night than leave for any of the reasons parents have to suddenly leave.
mat catastrophe: No one bothers to ask why we still cling to a stupid concept like the 40-hour week.No one questions why we no longer live in a country where most families can get by with only one parent working.
coco ebert: I study work life in America. It's not as simple as "look elsewhere for a better deal". That presumes a marketplace chock full of an excess of choices. If there were so many excellent jobs with excellent benefits there wouldn't be so many posts such as the ones above.
hubiestubert: It's called teamwork. Try it. Or maybe you can whine that you're not getting your cookie at the same time that others are. Because that's so attractive and shows your willingness to be a part of team...
if_i_really_have_to: hubiestubert: It's called teamwork. Try it. Or maybe you can whine that you're not getting your cookie at the same time that others are. Because that's so attractive and shows your willingness to be a part of team...Oh fark you. It because of the MASSIVE IMBALANCE that people complain. It's never teamwork, it's always the people with children taking advantage of the people without children, and the people without children never get fair consideration of their "personal needs". Managers are frankly scared of challenging parents, and they figure they have nothing to lose by squeezing the lost productivity out of everyone else.If it was fair my non-childed co-worker wouldn't have had to threaten legal action to be allowed to use her contractually guaranteed domestic leave to care for her dying mother (who was her dependent, and therefore fell under the "domestic leave" policy), when the parents are always dodging out without warning for often spurious child-related this and that and the other. If it was fair my non-childed co-worker who is working on his degree would not have to use vacation leave to leave an hour early for class once a week, when there are parents who leave early or arrive late every week but are allowed to use "flex" time to do so. Flex time is supposed to be for everyone's benefit. Just don't try to use it if you don't have kids.I am one of those people who always works through holiday periods so people with kids can take them away on a trip or look after them at home. At Christmas that leaves me doing the work of four people for a few weeks. Frankly I am sick to the back teeth of carrying other people's workload when because of their "personal commitments" they can never help me with mine, even after I've got behind in my own work because I've been doing theirs.I am sick of the mummy who sits next to me "needing help" with her work after spending not insignificant time on the phone and texting every single day about or to her child ...
Pontious Pilates: I've seen just as many single/childless managers get all crotchy about subordinates with kids taking more sick days than the norm, etc, as I have the type of favoritism everyone is biatching about in this thread. It can cut both ways, you know. Everyone who speaks of an open, honest management culture that recognizes "hey, shiat happens" and cares more about output than clocks has it right.In fact one time, my childless boss wanted me to make a strike against my supervisee in her annual review because "she was taking a lot of sick days for her kids." Well, she only used exactly what she was allotted (though she was always right near the limit) and most importantly, she got shiat done, and did quality work. What exactly was I supposed to ding her on?It cuts both ways, that's all I'm saying.
Pontious Pilates: I've seen just as many single/childless managers get all crotchy about subordinates with kids taking more sick days than the norm, etc, as I have the type of favoritism everyone is biatching about in this thread. It can cut both ways, you know.
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