Magazine article Working Mother

Workday: STICKY SITUATIONS

Magazine article Working Mother

Workday: STICKY SITUATIONS

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I just started a new job after months of looking. My boss never told me that I'd have to travel every month. Should I say something or keep my mouth shut?

If you just spent months searching for a job and then landed one, I'm assuming you want to keep it. However, it's unprofessional to pull the ol' bait and switch-selling the job as one thing and then demanding another. Why not make it a practical issue? Tell your boss that traveling is a time commitment you weren't prepared to make, and also bring up any expenses you may incur as a result- such as child care. At the very least, you may get an apology, help with the expenses, a fill-in for the days you travel or-dare I say it?-a good soak in a hotel bath once a month.

I'd like to bring my toddler to work. I never see kids visit, though company policy allows it. Should I be the first or take it as a sign that kids aren't welcome?

You could also take it as a sign that no one in the office thinks she could get anything done with her kid there. If the policy is that children are welcome, thenchildren are welcome! Start with a test run: Warn your co-workers that a toddler will be on the premises on such-and-such date. See how people react when they hear the news and if there's anything you should be sensitive to. They might say, "Oooo, that's the day important clients are coming to the office-probably not a good time."

There's also the possibility everyone will love having your child there-coo and aaahhh, stop by your office to say hi, offer to help watch the little nipper while you take a phone call. …

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