Career Counseling Saint Ann MO

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

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(314) 877-0001
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St Louis Labor Council AFLCIO
(314) 291-8666
3301 Hollenberg Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
Office & Professional Employees Internatl Union No 13
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3460 Hollenberg Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
Laborers International Union Of North America Local No 53
(314) 209-0220
12891 Pennridge Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
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(314) 965-9362
2190 S. Mason Rd., #303
St. Louis, MO
 
Eastern Missouri Laborers District
(314) 739-7270
3450 Hollenberg Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
Transport Workers Union Local 529-Organizing
(314) 291-5290
3456 Mckelvey Rd
Hazelwood, MO
 
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11646 Dorsett Rd
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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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