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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Covering up for a sick kid

A working mother myself, I spot the signs of other working moms desperately trying to keep their kid's child care routine in place -- even if they come down with a little bug of some sort.

Last night, a friend insisted her child had recovered from his sore throat and fever and was feeling better. That miraculous recovery will allow him to come to my house after school today, allowing her to work later. As much as I wanted to poke holes in her logic, I have to confess, I've been there!

I have friends that will outright admit to hiding their kids cold symptoms by giving their kid decongestant and sending them to school.

That's why I found an entry in the working moms against guilt blog so interesting. The author works from home and makes her own hours -- a working mother's dream job. A few weeks ago, her daughter came down with pinkeye and had to be taken out of preschool and the sitter's for a couple of days. Right around this time, mom also came up against a tight client deadline. She found her ability to work evenings and naptimes allowed her to meet the deadline (and do it well) while staying home with her daughter.

Few women have that flexibility or control over their work situation. But most of us want it. It makes me wonder why more companies don't realize allowing an employee to work from home when needed makes a BIG difference. Do you think we're making any progress in this area?


Anonymous Tomika said...

They're afraid of the change in paradigm. Working at home means that supervisors have to learn a new way to supervise. Employee evaluations have to be about more than just face time and brown-nosing. Employers have to realize what they will gain out of the situations as many work-at-homers report higher levels of productivity and definitely an ease of conflict between work and family responsibilities.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Cindy Goodman said...

Let's hope 2008 brings more progress in this area!

12:58 PM  

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