How to Deal With Workplace Inflexibility
You've been a model employee: responsible, industrious, creative and
productive. You've gone the extra mile time and again, with a smile.
Now you have a family.
Quite reasonably, you expect that when you ask for an altered work
schedule that better fits your family's needs, your employer will go along
with you. You've done your homework and developed a written proposal
demonstrating that your new schedule is in your employer's interest.
But someone in the organization sees the matter differently and
opposes your plan.
Now you face a tough question: IS THIS CONFLICT WORTH THE
Sizing up your choices takes political savvy. How powerful is the person
who opposes you? Might you face headaches later if you "win" now?
Are you better off standing your ground, or backing down? Or, is it time
to seek work elsewhere?
Maybe the negative reaction to your proposal points to unhealthy
workplace dynamics that have long simmered beneath the surface.
Talk to someone you trust about your situation. Proceed carefully, taking
pride in your capacity to act with integrity and grace in a difficult
Then, no matter what happens, you will hold your head high.
(c) Norma Schmidt 2004
Norma Schmidt, Coach, LLC specializes in helping working mothers
create balance. She offers coaching and workshops and publishes a
free e-mail newsletter, "The Balance Point." Complementary sample
coaching sessions are available. Visit http://www.NormaSchmidt.com
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