Help Your Boss Understand Your Family Commitments

Handling Work & Family

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When trying to balance work and family, it helps to have a supportive and understanding boss. But what happens if yours isn’t either of those things?

First, brush up on your employee benefits: What are you entitled to in terms of paid leave, child care accommodations, and alternative work arrangements? You may have some rights that you aren’t aware of. Next, if you trust your boss, have a one-on-one conversation in which you’re honest and transparent about the demands on your time. It’s possible that they just don’t understand all of the commitments you're juggling.

Also, exhibit empathy for your boss — the same way you want them to exhibit empathy for you. It’s not easy being a manager right now, and you may not be aware of some of the challenges they’re facing. Finally, have a plan (or a few plans) ready to pitch.

They’re more likely to say yes to a concrete proposal. Getting your boss to understand and support your needs comes down to clear, honest, and frequent communication. If you’re willing to initiate that dialogue, you’ll be more likely to get the support you’re looking for.

Credit : Harvard Business Review


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