Hello, I just need a little advice.
Nearly all my coworkers have children and all year long are taking long lunches, coming in late, etc. to deal with school activities. This also means taking exceptionally long lunches to shop or do other things that really ought to be done on weekends/evenings because of the flexibility they feel they have. This just means that the other childless employee and I have to fill in for them on top of our own duties in the office.
Now that the holidays are coming up my coworkers (9 out of 10 have children under 18) are all taking the choice days off because of school holidays, etc. If you have encountered this situation, how would you handle it? Please understand that I'm just trying to get a fair shake and keep my stress level down because the office always seems to be busier when someone else is out. You know how that goes!
As an aside: Management doesn't want to have to deal with this issue. Probably because I'm outnumbered and it's easier to keep the majority happy.