When Ohio-based executive hotel recruiter John Carpenter saw one of his teammates entering his office earlier this month, he expected that the worker was about to resign. The employee, he said, was “nervous” and “wavering.”
To his surprise, the employee wasn’t quitting. He just wanted a schedule adjustment so he could be there for his family.
Considering how un-family-friendly so many workplaces can be, we totally get where the employee was coming from. Working parents, especially working moms, are afraid they’ll be viewed as less committed to their jobs if they ask for alternative arrangements, despite how hard they work.
John’s response, however, renews our faith that there are still many bosses out there who get that parents have obligations to their family.
“He said that his son needed some after school help and since he has an infant, and his wife needed to stay with her, he wanted to take his son to the tutor to help with reading and wanted to know how he should handle it since he needs to leave early one day each week,” John, who is also the VP of Operations at Snelling Hospitality, wrote on LinkedIn.
“I said, ‘That’s it? Why is that an issue? Here is what you do, you leave early each week because you’re a great, hardworking employee, and family should always come first.’”
Upon hearing John’s response, the employee was visibly relieved.
“Moral of the story, take care of your employees, and they will take care of your customers… I am not worried about them taking care of me, but my customers and clients,” John wrote.
The post eventually went viral, garnering more than 4,000 reactions on the networking site.
In the comments, some expressed concern about why the teammate was so nervous to begin with and speculated there was something amiss in the company culture. But John explained that the coworker had been scolded for making a similar request at a previous company. This was the first time this dad was asking for accommodations at John’s company.
But overall, many praised John for his handling of the situation. One user wrote, “This is something that everyone should see. It is so true. Does the amount of hours worked really matter if the job gets done? If we don’t take care of the those that work with and for us, there is a good chance we will have neither.”