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Where is the fine line between compassion and accountability?

A new worker whom I supervise is a single mother. Both the job description and the interview process detailed that this job requires one week a year of travel. The task at hand can not be done without traveling to the actual conference. The person started this week and because of the costs and complications surrounding getting child care (taking her child with her would be possible and allowed, but not very practical), she is already hinting that the travel may not be possible for her. A likely consequence is that another employee would have to do an extra week of travel. Though the other possiblities are not single parents, they are parents with young children and an extra week of travel becomes a hardship for their spouse. I want to be compassionate to a single mother and sensitive to the costs, but at the same time it was a clear expectation that was acknowledged without any hint of hardship. I know this is very general and it somehwat has to be, but any advice?

Asked By: Matt G - 8/24/2011
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Be a good mom, give all your child's need but don't spoiled her/him. Be a mom, don't forget to talk to him. Good luck.
Answered By: Emelda Griffin - 8/24/2011
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