Career Counseling Roanoke VA

It's almost summer, which in my company means family picnics in Roanoke 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?

International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees
(540) 345-9263
Williamson Rd & Orange Ave Ne
Roanoke, VA
 
National Association Of Letter Carriers Br 524
(540) 342-9577
1015 Georgia Ave Ne
Roanoke, VA
 
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local 637
(540) 563-0336
6306 Peters Creek Rd
Roanoke, VA
 
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6306 Peters Creek Rd
Roanoke, VA
 
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(804) 878-9296
PO Box 2403
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3113 Williamson Rd Nw
Roanoke, VA
 
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626 Abney Rd
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5338 Peters Creek Rd Ste C
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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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