Dear Mr. General Manger,
I believe it is time we become better acquainted. For starters, like yourself, I have worked very hard to be a provider for my family, and a strong contributor to this team. Like yourself, I value my professional and personal time. Like yourself, I want my work to be acknowledged in a positive light. Somewhere along the way I believe you have determined that only your deadlines, family and vacation time matter. I am never one to play victim, but let us be clear – I am a single mom. Time is of the essence and I do not waste it.
Fortunately I found a company that values family as much as I do and they accommodate my flexible schedule and for that I am forever grateful. Unfortunately, since you walked in the door I have found myself unofficially demoted to your personal assistant and more often than not being on the receiving end of harsh criticism. But that isn’t the straw, the straw is your complaint that my schedule doesn’t accommodate yours…that “whatever personal issues” I handle during the evening is an inconvenience to you. *Insert blank stare* Are your referring to me picking my child up from school? I’m so confused? At no point has the quality of my work, or my ability to follow through with my commitments been tied to my schedule. According to a study conducted by Teleworks Research Network, one in five Americans work from home and that number is only going to increase. So again, where is the problem?
I will fill you in on the problem. Men like yourself make it hard for working Americans like me. If I said to myself, “my job takes up too much time, my boss is extremely difficult to work with and I would be better off staying at home collecting a government check,” I would be judged. Instead, I have said I will not let my shortcomings determine my ability to succeed and I wake up every morning and accomplish things, many days working AGAINST opposition such us yourself.
I will not make this about race or sex or personal preference. This is about you knowing that your passive aggressive behavior isn’t going to be tolerated. Your type is no longer the majority. You do not possess the power to judge, jury and ultimately tear down any human spirit based on anything other than facts. Furthermore, in this case you have no facts. I cannot afford to continue to address minor issues so whatever problems you have with me I suggest you address them head on and quit wasting my time discussing schedules. As I stated earlier, time is of the essence.
If picking up my child from school serves as an inconvenience for you then I deserve a promotion because obviously my contributions are missed.