Parenting is the sweetest challenge you will ever have in your life. But, working parents can’t really hold everything together. Full-time jobs consume most of our day, and let’s not forget our chores.
That’s why new parents are sometimes frustrated. There’s nothing cute about the dark bags under their eyes either.
Bernie Reifkind, a Recruitment Executive shared an inspirational story about one of his employees. The poor mother spent the entire night taking care of her sick kid.
“Silently she was sobbing at her desk, early at about 7:45 AM. I asked her if everything was OK? She told me that her child was sick and that she had been up all night. Bags under her eyes. I asked her, ‘So, what are you doing here at the office?’ She said that she had run out of ‘sick days’ and could not afford to miss another day. I sent her home and promised that she would get paid.
In addition, I wrote her a check on the spot for extra money to alleviate her immediate financial worry. She was incredibly grateful. To this day, she is my best employee not just because of her talent but her loyalty.”
This story restored our faith in humanity. Employers need to have better understanding for their employees, especially new moms. This is the right way to treat an employee.
It’s time to support each other. Life is too cruel anyway. Let’s help someone in need. A few kind words can sure brighten someone’s day.
“Employers, please understand that most people are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders,” Reifkind added. “Burning the candle at both ends. Trying to make ends meet. Kids, homework, spouses, significant others, elder parents, mortgage payments, auto repairs, etc. The relentlessness of life.”
The number of people dealing with a chronic ailment is on the rise. There are so many employees who struggle to make ends meet. Most of them are depressed and anxious. We spend most of the day at work. Let’s make it more comfortable for everybody.
“PLEASE reassure your hard-working employees that their jobs are secure, whenever possible,” Reifkind finished his post. “This will, undoubtedly, come back as very good karma for employers. To this day, she is my best employee. Not just because of her talent but her loyalty.”
Moms sometimes need extra days to take care of their loved ones. Life is so unpredictable. What will happen tomorrow? No one knows.
It’s hard at the beginning, but you will miss every moment and every tantrum your child had. Enjoy your new role, and embrace your flaws. Nobody is perfect and neither are you. Love yourself, and love your kid. Hopefully, we will all have an employer Reifkind. We all need to be understood at some point.