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3/18/2021 10:29:00 AM
Freelancer wants to fit in with company culture

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have spent most of my working life doing freelance projects with small businesses. Recently, I have been working with a big corporation, and I have been having difficulties. On one hand, they like my creative ideas and vision a lot. But I haven't figured out their processes yet, and I always seem to be late. I'm noticing that they are getting frustrated with the way that I work. This is tough because I have been able to help them break through on some strategy work that has been extremely helpful to them. Yet I sense that they are tired of needing to consider my approach. How can I fall in line with their ways and remain a fresh and vital member of the team? -- Teamwork

DEAR TEAMWORK: Talk to your supervisor and express your concerns. Ask for advice on how to best meld with their systems while keeping your edge. Be upfront about how much you enjoy working with them and how you believe that your unique approach has been helpful to them, but you also recognize that your way may be wearing some people down. Ask for feedback and input.

Also, play closer attention to their deadline schedule. To the best of your ability, present your ideas within their timeframe so that there is no reason for compromise on either side.

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have two teenagers and a husband, and often I feel like I'm the only one contributing to the upkeep of our household. My kids work hard at their studies, but when they aren't doing schoolwork, they are playing video games or sleeping. My husband is working only part-time now due to COVID-19, so he has a lot of time on his hands that he mostly uses for watching TV or sleeping. My job has ramped up, and I'm usually on Zoom calls until 7 or 8 p.m. I don't think it's fair for me to have to cook dinner after I end my calls if they have been chilling for hours. Same goes for cleaning up, doing laundry, etc. Sometimes I get so mad because I need a break, too. I know that the lion's share of work in a household often falls on the mom, but it's not fair. And right now, it's overwhelming. I need a break. How can I get my family to step up? -- Help Me

DEAR HELP ME: Call a family meeting, and point out your frustration and your need for everyone to participate in the work of the home. Take them through what happened in the previous week, each day. Point out what each family member did or didn't do all day. Note how you were left caring for everyone's needs while they did not pitch in.

Create a schedule for the family, and post it on your refrigerator. Put initials beside each duty, and invite everyone to help. If they don't, stop doing everything for them. See how they react when there is no meal, no clean clothes, no maintenance.#

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