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Situation: "The parents in my office seem to get special privileges."
How to deal: Tensions can run high when childless employees are constantly asked to cover for the moms and dads who can't stay late or work weekends. "Everyone should have the same rights, regardless of their personal situation," says Glickman, who recommends making it a point to leave on time at least a few days a week. "You don't need to share the reason," she says. "Eventually, your boss will start to respect the fact that you have a life too."
During the company's busy periods, when longer hours might be necessary, suggest setting up a rotation system for overtime. This will guarantee that folks with kids have enough notice to book a sitter—and single people can plan ahead as well.
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