Dear Viv: Our colleague uses her kids as an excuse to slack off

On this week’s podcast, Viv discusses what to do when a colleague who’s a parent seems to be taking advantage of flexible arrangements

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By Viv Groskop on

Dear Viv,

I'm new to your podcast and trying to catch up, so apologies if you've already covered my problem.

I work as a trainee in a professional firm (read: long hours and lots of unpaid overtime) where there is a good mix of young graduates starting and older trainees switching career path.

Of course this means that some of my colleagues are parents and have their own commitments.

Management has been sympathetic to arrangements such as working 8 to 4.30 rather than 9-5.30, work from home when the child is sick, etc.

However there is one Mum who takes advantage and it has alienated our peers. She often sneaks out during the day to go home and 'work from home' but doesn't seem to get much done.

I'm not her direct supervisor so I don't know the ins and outs, but it has created a lot of resentment amongst us non-parents who inevitably pick up the slack.

Do you have any advice in this scenario?


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