Career Counseling North Little Rock AR

It's almost summer, which in my company means family picnics in North Little Rock and other such outings. Unfortunately, I work at a company which does not allow singles to invite a plus one unless they are married. While I want to attend the festivities and realize it’s important for my career, I cannot tolerate another corporate affair on my own. How can I overcome these unfair family-friendly policies?

Arkansas Workforce Center at North Little Rock Pulaski County
(501) 376-4119
3901 McCain Park Drive Suite 102 (72116 - Physical Zip Code)
North Little Rock, AR
 
Elite Staffing Inc
(501) 812-6275
3508 John F Kennedy Blvd Ste 6
North Little Rock, AR
 
Iron Workers Local Union 321
(501) 374-3705
1015 W 2nd St
Little Rock, AR
 
Elevator Constructors Local 79
(501) 372-3601
1315 W 2nd St
Little Rock, AR
 
Communications Workers Of America Local 6507
(501) 376-6507
2020 W 3rd St
Little Rock, AR
 
Abba Employment
(501) 771-7752
5000 John F Kennedy Blvd
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National Postal Mailhandlers Union
(501) 945-0501
4700 E Mccain Blvd
North Little Rock, AR
 
American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees
(501) 568-5082
1115 Bishop St
Little Rock, AR
 
Sheet Metal Local 36
(501) 753-1936
3721 Phyllis St
North Little Rock, AR
 
Northside Sales Co
(501) 945-0905
7115 E Bethany Rd
North Little Rock, AR
 

Problems with the Company Picnic

Q: It's almost summer, which in my company means family picnics and other such outings. Unfortunately, I work at a company which does not allow singles to invite a plus one unless they are married. While I want to attend the festivities and realize it’s important for my career, I cannot tolerate another corporate affair on my own. How can I overcome these unfair family-friendly policies?

 

You are not alone with your feelings of being underappreciated as a single employee in an overly family friendly work environment. Unfortunately, this is common but many companies are working on creating work/life programs that meet the needs of both single and married with family employees. Despite your feelings of resentment, there are steps you can take to make changes in your workplace.

I would encourage you to think about a strategy for suggesting events that are geared towards single employees. There are low or no cost event ideas that you can present that will help to create a single friendly work culture. Start to talk to other single co-workers about ideas that would be appealing. Some companies sponsor co-ed intramural sport teams. Another idea could be to plan a lecture series followed by a networking event. It’s probably not a great career move to boycott the next family friendly company event. A better option is to continue to attend the family centric events, as this is a great way to network with colleagues and senior management, and simultaneously take the lead and enthusiastically start to plan events that are geared towards singles.

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