You think this is about SUSHI!
It was the end of half term week, and like many parents (working or otherwise) I spent five days juggling the demands of children, my bank balance and my sanity. I anticipate I've failed miserably but like all of those around me, I've done my best.
Having made my 9 year old fit in around me for four days, Friday was treat day. I took him and a friend out for breakfast (it was better than having to cook it myself), a trip to Hollywood Bowl (more smash and grab than bowling) and a fixed budget to play on the arcade games, where they proudly won a small toy each, which they could have bought for a fraction of what they spent on games. The only saving grace is that this is one of the few times in my life when I can watch other people's children and realise that my kids are not the loudest around!
The outing was rounded off by a trip to a sushi bar – one of the ones where the food goes round on a conveyor belt and they eat as fast as the belt moves. Unlike the bowling alley, the sushi restaurant is packed with working mothers, all on their phones setting up meetings, whilst deftly eating with chopsticks and conversing with their children. Some of the women clearly work for themselves, but a few are talking to bosses and colleagues, so obviously employed.
How does this affect an employment relationship.
If you take a day's holiday to be with your children, and end up working, do you get time off in lieu?
If you are senior, is it becoming the norm to work whilst you are on holiday, due to the availability of wifi.
Would I make a fortune if I set up a wifi free restaurant????
If you are the boss and you work from home during school holidays, do you have to let your staff do the same?
Working hours and working terms have become more blurred in recent years than Robin Thicke's lines. How do you set up a structure that is workable, fair and enforceable?
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