Rant: Please skip incase you are in a good mood and dont want to spoil it 🙂
I was a single member team when I joined this office some 2 years ago. One more guy joined after me about a 1 year ago and now 2 more guys joined me in Feb this year. We are a group of 4, all reporting into the same boss who sits away from India and manages us.
Out of the three guys, one of them is married but doesnt have any children. His wife is also working, pretty much a big shot, travelling extensively etc etc.
The other two are bachelors.
Before they joined in, there were no issues. Issues, as in what a working mom dreads the most ‘STAYING BACK’
I would come in on time, work for 8.5 hours and punch out on time. to the very minute. If I punched in at 9.12, I would leave at 5.42…yaa like that!
But now, for the past few weeks, I am slowly noticing some emails from the guys we report into abroad, praising the guys for staying back.
These guys stay back almost every other day. Till 7, 8, 10..and infact even till 11 in the night.
I, on the other hand, leave dot after 8.5 hours of work.
I have never faced a situation where I have left work incomplete. I always do my ‘task of the day’ and leave.
However, the subtle praises from the bosses for the late stay, for the report sent at 11 in the night, the ‘dedication’ shown by these guys, is slowly making me insecure. Yaa, I am cheap that ways.
I still do the same work as I did earlier, within the stipulated time, but I am slowly getting scared if people will start comparing.
I dont know what work these guys since we dont report into each other or anything. We all work on the same project, but we hardly cross paths. I really dont know what work they do , staying back or whether their staying back is really relevant. But unfortunately, the folks there seem to think its a show of dedication.
Its really none of my business. RD tells me to just do my work in the stipulated time and then get home. But now I am feeling that will the boss (who is an Indian by the way and has the habit of staying back as well) think I dont work enough 😦
I dont want to stay back late. I want to go to my child and spend at least a couple of hours with her. I feel like a stupid insecure, idiotic person as I type this, but seriously will this ‘staying back late’ by the bachelors and non parents, affect a working mother’s career?
I dont know.
PS – Yesterday I stayed at work till 7, reached home at 9, thanks to the wonderful infrastructure of Bombay, worked from 10 to 12.45…got up at 4.45 to get back to work, only for my damn computer NOT to start for about half an hour…I swear I am giving up soon!