A working parent’s life is pretty hard. Besides tending to their kids, they also need to make sure they’re working regularly. While organizations allow you to take sick leave when you’re unwell, when your child is unwell and needs you at home, not many of them recognize the same.
This story about a boss’s empathy with one of his staff, who is also a mother, is winning hearts online.
Bernie Reifkind, CEO of a recruitment agency, shared a post on LinkedIn about how he reacted to an employee who, despite being tensed about her child’s health, was attending work.
Bernie saw the woman’s employee sitting at her desk at 7:45 a.m., crying, according to the post. Her daughter was sick and the whole night she was up. She was at school because she had to take advantage of sick days.
Bernie’s response was unexpected and admirable at the same time, unlike what other bosses would do.
He sent the employee home and promised her that she won’t lose money or get fired.
It can be very nervous for a mom to leave work for a day, even during an emergency, not just because of fear of being fired, but because of financial instability.
Bernie made an appeal to other managers all over the world at the end of his post. He wrote the following:
Employers, please understand that most people are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. 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. People are worried about their jobs. PLEASE reassure your hard-working employees that their jobs are secure, whenever possible. Loyalty goes both ways.