Mean Boys

Your Career Coach Mean Boys Dear Michele, One of my teammates is always making comments about women in the office that leave “early” to manage childcare. I don’t really think the women leave earlier but his constant commentary is perpetuating a false perception that women with children aren’t committed. Should I say something? (BTW, I […]

Your Career Coach

Mean Boys

Dear Michele,

One of my teammates is always making comments about women in the office that leave “early” to manage childcare. I don’t really think the women leave earlier but his constant commentary is perpetuating a false perception that women with children aren’t committed. Should I say something? (BTW, I don’t have kids.)

– Office Annie

Dear Annie,

One of the best responses to your teammate is one of my favorite questions of all time: “Is that true?” When he says, “Kristin leaves early every day because of her rug rats. Wish I could do that!” you can say, “Huh. Kristin leaves at 6 p.m. every day, Fred. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Isn’t that when you leave, too?” Of course, feel free to create your own version of “Is that true?” to deflate the story Fred’s telling. Inaccuracy and gossip is only cured by truth. Plain and simple.


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