Posted Jun 08, 2006.
You have a big deadline at work, and one of the kids is sick. How do you manage? Balancing your job and parenting can be challenging.
Feeling like you have some control over your situation was rated the top reason for job satisfaction. It’s rare to find jobs with freedom to choose the hours or days you will work. But it is helpful when you can leave work when an emergency occurs or have flexibility to adjust your schedule to handle personal issues.
Here are some ideas to discuss when approaching your supervisor:
Discussing your options with your boss will give you a better idea of how things can be handled at work. Unfortunately some jobs don’t give us an option that works for our family.
Studies show many employees wind up working more hours than they prefer. Some may be unable to change their work schedules. What are your options other than changing jobs? Again, a sense of control helps. Families with young children need to be prepared with a plan B.
If you can’t get flexibility at work, try one of these sources:
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