If Dad’s can make schedule adjustments without it hurting career, can people with chronic illness? YES — I work with people so they can do this — and they can. But it’s not easy.
Matt Hutter and family
Last week, Wall Street Journal Columnist, Sue Shellenbarger wrote, Taking a Career Timeout to allow for Daddy Days.“ Few men try and even fewer believe they can do it. But, take a page from Matt Hutter’s play book:
- Made request for change in person, giving his boss time to digest his request.
- Set clear but flexible time boundaries.
- Set clear expectations for his deliverables.
If 1 in 2 people live with chronic illness (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) , why aren’t we seeing articles in media, such as the Wall Street Journal or “O” , (see my post about Oprah) about positive options people are finding to make their work lives more manageable when living with chronic illness?
Some of the reason is that chronic illness continues to be a hidden secret. It’s also because it doesn’t happen frequently.
AND that’s just why we need to talk about it. Do you have a story with good outcomes, like Matt Hutter? Are you and your employer willing to be interviewed by a journalist?
If you can say YES, email me or post it here and I’ll work with the media to get your story heard. (And, if we do, I’ll give you a free and signed copy of my book, Keep Working, Girlfriend! when it’s published in Feb 2008!)