I(28F) am single, don’t have kids and live alone. I also do not work OT or do anything beyond my work.
First, let me explain what my work is like: so we are an internal auditing company. I work in the logistics auditing division. What that means is that when a company hires us (mostly to see how good their policies are), we shadow their workers, to see where efficiency can be increased.
Sometimes that means working night shift, delivery, warehouse, manufacturing…etc.
We are very lucky that we have an awesome manager and team leader. Once we divide the tasks, you can do them whenever as long as your report is handed in when it should be. Work from home, from the office, at 3 am, less than 40hrs… It doesn’t matter.
For the 6 years, I have been on this team, another female colleague (30s) has been doing her absolute best to work the least amount possible. First, she is either always pregnant and not “able” to shadow anyone but the office workers, she is on maternity leave (4 months), on her yearly vacation (a month), or conveniently sick when it is time for some heavy-duty work (she sends in MC like it’s free, well it is as the company covers medical).
When she is in the office, she is dumping her work on the others. She uses her kids as an excuse all the time.
Well usually the other team members pick up her slack, but I refuse to do so.
This time we are auditing a larger company, so all hands on deck. And for the first time ever she is neither pregnant nor on maternity leave, and she just got back from her yearly leave.
The company we are auditing is overseas, so the members who will have to go will be staying there for 3 weeks. This time it is my turn to stay in the office (well my home TBH) and do the data organisation/analysis.
She asked me to switch with her, apparently, she can’t leave her 5 kids alone with her husband. I said no. She tried to guilt trip me by saying that what she would have to pay for child care is more than what she would get paid for the whole month and that I don’t have any responsibilities like her. I told her “well they are not my kids, so I don’t see how that is my problem”
Now she is pouting like a kid, and some colleagues are saying that I don’t know how hard-working moms have it, that I should be more compassionate.