Not sure if I agree with every point in this article, but I do agree with a lot of it. Specifically, where I work, it seems like all the young parents get flexibility with their schedules (working from home or modified hours) and no other segment of employees is allowed this flexibility with any regularity.
I even made the point to one of our HR Business Partners a few weeks ago – even though the company has a “Flexible Work Schedule” policy, it’s really damn tough to get a flexible modified schedule approved. It has to go all the way up the ladder to one’s functional VP for approval. For me, that’s two approvals. For some, that’s four or five. A lot of freaking red tape just because someone wants to spend Fridays at home. And it seems like the only people who ever end up getting their requests approved are those with babies or young children at home. Really unfair to the rest of us who work just as hard and are supposedly equals according to this policy. The policy reads one way and plays out an entirely different way in reality.
The policy doesn’t even state you need a reason for requesting a modified schedule – so technically one should be able to request one for no reason other than they want one. But good luck getting that approved. I love the company I work for and am generally very happy with my job, but this is one area that definitely irritates me. It seems like they don’t care if you have elderly parents, a long commute, a sick spouse. But if you have a child, by all means, come and go as you please.