Magazine article Personnel Journal

What Would Mr. Grant Say?

Magazine article Personnel Journal

What Would Mr. Grant Say?

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Ever-polite Mary never would have wanted to seem churlish about Murray's children or unappreciative of the benefits that she herself was receiving. Still, there are limits.

very fan of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" knows that Mary Richards was the model employee -reliable, smart, cheerful, hard working, always professional. Mary was so good she couldn't even make herself lie and call in sick when she really wasn't.

But Mary was no pushover. During her job interview with Mr. Grant she objected to questions about her marital status and religion. Later, she fought for more responsibility. Arid she demanded a raise when she discovered that the man who had previously held her job earned more.

I can't help but wonder, therefore, if Mary wouldn't be fighting on behalf of single employees everywhere if the series were still running. Certainly, Mary faced her share of the issues that are raised in this month's cover story (please see page 58). She stayed at the station all night to cover an election while her co-workers with families went home. She gave up dates at the last minute because, after all, someone had to get the work done. Yes, she was a real team player. And ever-polite Mary never would have wanted to seem churlish about Murray's daughters or unappreciative of the benefits that she herself was receiving.

Still, there are limits. Even if, like Mary, we are reasonable and agree that the challenges faced by working parents were more urgent than those faced by singles, it doesn't follow that the issues facing the rest of the population are unimportant. How could they be when, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 66% of employees are not rearing children under 18? Anything that affects two of every three employees can't be ignored.

You told us so yourself in a recent survey. Although we thought we had observed the beginnings of a backlash by single employees, even we were astounded by your responses. …

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