Last week one of my colleagues told me of the attitude of some male co-workers to me and my job.
„She’s never here when I come into her office“ said one on a Friday. I haven’t work on Fridays since 2008.
„How is she supposed to manage this project when she’s not here?“ said another when I was working from home because of a sick child. I still held my meetings, by phone and web meeting rather than in person but that didn’t interest him.
„What if I need to contact her in the evening?“ asked another. It is not company policy to contact staff out of hours, so he would still have this issue even if I worked full time. Regardless, I have my work mobile with me all the time. All he’d have had to do was phone me.
I’m very rarely sick. I work from home when my children are sick instead of taking the days off that I am entitled to take. I don’t build up a huge amount of overtime by simply staying in the office for as long as I feel like. I fly through my work and leave in a rush to get to the school gate.
All in all I and millions of part-time workers like me are ideal employees – effective, to the point, getting the job done and working family life around office rules. So why is it that people love to pick holes in our work model and assume that home office days are spent drinking coffee and keeping an eye on the mobile in case it rings?
The cynical part of me might say that, being full time employees with nothing to rush home to, they have the time to be lesss structured, to forget that not everyone is there all day every day.
The friendly part of me blocks out the begrudgers and concentrates on doing my job. The people that matter sppreciate my work and that’s all that matters really. Well, that and the pay check each month.
Have you encountered any opposition from co-workers, other parents or anyone else regarding your choicde of work model? I doubt I am alone in this.