Children See Through Professional Bullshit


In an otherwise fairly tedious Telegraph article, it emerges that “a third of parents have been asked by a child to work less.” Aw.

Britons’ busy work schedules are being noticed by their children, who are putting pressure on their parents to spend more time as a family. One in three parents has been asked by a child to work less […] while 38% of respondents said they feel that their work is negatively impacting their relationship with their children.

[…] while 33% of people said they would not be willing take a pay decrease to spend more time with their kids, a larger group (43%) said they would trade some of their salary for extra family time.

Once again, it seems like part-time work would be the perfect solution. It can difficult to get employers on side though, part-time work being seen as somehow uncommitted or too casual. All that matters so often to a boss is that you’re warming a seat for the requisite 40 hours.

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2 Responses to “Children See Through Professional Bullshit”

  1. Spoonman says:

    “All that matters so often to a boss is that you’re warming a seat for the requisite 40 hours.”

    That’s actually quite true. The company I used to work for charged an additional fee for every hour an employee spent on a specific contract. Because of that, there was a lot of “dead wood” in the company whose sole purpose was to help it meet its numbers.

    I think companies will have to accomodate part-time work arrangements in order to stay competitive.

  2. It’s absurd, isn’t it? But presenteeism is so normal now that barely anyone questions it.

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