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I have to applaud Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians for taking a stand in favor of supporting children and families.
Too many workplaces penalize parents for elevating the needs of children over work responsibilities.
In August, Arians told his staff that he would fire them if they miss their children’s events because he learned too late that kids don’t stay kids forever, Business Insider reported.
He’s absolutely correct. Kids grow up to become resentful teens who later become parents and often repeat the same neglectful mistakes as the generational curse repeats itself.
“I told my coaches in our first meeting, ‘If you miss a ballgame, a recital, anything to do with your children, I’ll fire you.’ Because I missed a lot of mine. And those years don’t come back,” Arians told NBC reporter Peter King.
“There’s plenty of time in this office to work; you can come back at midnight if you want to. But don’t miss that recital; don’t miss that game,” he added.
“Those things mean so much to your children, and it means so much to you. The games I did get to see my son play, I know he felt different, and I don’t want those guys to ever miss that,” said Arians.
Hopefully, this is an example that the tide turning in favor of supporting workers’ families.
Businesses might have got away with the hard-line rule that nobody leaves work early when the baby boom generation was working. After all, boomers lived to work, and Generation X followed that philosophy as well.
However, the millennial generation has an entirely different approach. They work to live. A job supports their lifestyle. It is not their sole purpose for existing.
Millennials are already embracing what they call a “gig economy” in which they work short-term stints with an employer before moving to another opportunity.
Push too much and force them to make a choice between work and family, and many times family will rule the day. I’ve seen it happen too many times.
Arians is correct. There is plenty of time to work after the kids are in bed, if important work must be done. And there is no reason why someone needs to drive into an office to work on someone else’s computer while confined to a cubicle.