For working moms, the idea of having a fulfilling career while raising a happy, healthy family can feel downright impossible. Well, one CEO believes we shouldn't have to struggle to achieve some semblance of work-life balance—and recently penned a now-viral Facebook post giving her own employees a very important reminder about that, POPSUGAR reports.
In the post, Charity Delmo, the founder and managing director of the company Ideal Visa Consultancy, based in the Philippines, clarified to her employees that they work for their family, not the other way around:
I hired you in the hope that you can be a good provider to your family, not to take you away from them, to give you additional skills, not to take your parental skills away from your kids, to make you a better person, not just for the company, but all the more for your family."
Therefore, when both demand your attention, Charity wrote that she believes family comes first. "So when the time comes that you will have to choose between attending your sons and daughters' school activities over your client's needs, [or] if you have to choose between your wife or your husband's needs over mine as your boss, please choose them."
In the post, Charity recognized that her argument wouldn't be popular among other bosses, but believed it needed to be said: forcing employees to put work first is potentially detrimental to some of the most important connections in our lives. That's why the emotional well-being of her employees is her priority, regardless of the cost. She wrote:
"You see, not all employers will understand some of my principles in leadership, but I would rather close this company than see you miss your kid's school activities because you have to be in a meeting, or see you get broken because of your misunderstanding with your husband or wife. They were your home first before the company gave you a second home. They were your family before you became mine."
The post has already been shared over 45,000 times and has received over 6,000 comments. A few comments stated that reality just wouldn't let such a policy exist. But most of the responses were positive, thanking Charity for supporting working parents everywhere and wishing there were more employers who thought as she did.
In one final push to appeal to other employers, Charity pointed out that by giving employees the ability to prioritize family, employees will be in a more positive emotional state, which, in turn, makes them better workers, writing, "I have always believed that a person who's happy at home is also happy at work." As for working parents who often face the terrible dilemma, do I risk being fired to be there for my family?, Charity says there is no choice; our loved ones should always be our main concern. It's a bold stance but one other employers should take note of.
And for parents who aren't sure if they should leave early to make it to their kid's next recital, Charity has some simple instructions that remind them to let go of the work guilt. "Go home. Be home. Your work can wait. I can wait."