To jump start our inaugural issue, we asked three successful working women how they handled some issues that many of us
face frequently. We all know that life as a working Mom can get a little tough sometimes, and trying to achieve that work/life
balance takes some finesse. So we asked three wise, successful, and bright ladies to tell us, “How I Handled It!”
In future issues we want to publish how our readers handled dicey situations. Think about workplace issues, work life bal-
ance, co-worker situations, job changes, promotions, or any other issues on your mind, and tell us how you handled your situation.
Or, if you have a question about how to handle a situation, we will put it out there and get some solutions! So, whether you have
great solutions or a perplexing question that you think will benefit all of us, send it in or post it on our Facebook page!
I have young children at home and the reality is they
are going to get sick once in a while. How can I balance
taking care of my child without worrying that staying
home will affect my chances at promotion? Any ideas
on what you did to make that situation workable?
At work I’m strictly business and try to make myself
invaluable to those I work for. So, when I do need to work
from home with a sick child I’m able to demonstrate that my
efficiency stays the same even if the hours I’m doing the work
may be different. I have done this many times when I’m taking
care of my child, and then turning on my computer and doing
spreadsheets. If calls need to be made I do them while my
child is napping.
- Rita E.
Work out a plan in advance. You anticipate that your child
will get sick. If you are married, then work out a plan that in
the event a child is sick, you and your spouse will take turns
staying home with the child. If there are grandparents, aunts,
or other individuals that can be available to help out in this
situation, communicate with them all and organize a calling
tree of availability; in the event there is a need. Being organized helps to maintain the balance.
- Lori T.
I am fortunate to have a great support system at home
and flexible hours at work. My mother-in-law, my husband,
and I share the responsibilities when it comes to keeping sick
children and going to the doctor. I also have the flexibility to
WFH (work from home) and take PTO (paid time off) when
needed. I go out of my way to make sure my job responsibilities are not impacted when my children get sick, by working at
night or on the weekends to make up the time if I’m not able
to take the time off.
I have a co-worker that just doesn't seem to care
about our customers. She doesn't return calls, makes
derogatory comments when she hangs up from a call,
and constantly doesn't follow up. Any suggestions for
trying to help our customers without sabotaging my
I have a negative co-worker whom the owners keep because they think she is very good at her job. What they didn’t
know is that I was doing a lot of her work. So, I kept a list of
every situation, things said, and work I did for her. Finally, in
my yearly review with the President, I made him aware of the
situation and showed him my documents. Now she is smiling
around me and does ALL of her own work.
- Rita E.
If you don't have clients, you don't have a business.
Customer service is the top priority. I don't care if you
can't stand the customer you still have to give 110 percent
to keep the business. The negative employee needs to be
reminded of this or maybe they need to find a new line of
- Lori T.
I try to turn the situation around on that co-worker. If
that person was the customer and they weren't getting the
call backs or follow up, how would they feel? Would they
want to continue to use our service? I also remind them that
ultimately, the customer pays our bills and our paychecks. If
we lose customers, then we have to start losing employees
- and nobody wants to lose their jobs! I also ask if there is
something else going on that is causing this, such as personal
issues, workplace issues, or their account load. All of these
factors could be contributing to issues, so sometimes a little
investigation goes a long way and the behavior can be turned