It’s Christmas season! And while a lot of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are hoping they could come home to the Philippines to spend the season with their family, many aren’t able to do it. After all, whether we like it or not, work still comes first; work contracts can’t be broken that easily and you have to abide with what’s written there.
Many have tried to ask permission from their employers but many are not permitted to go home. Such is the fate of many OFWs.
But one Pinay boss based in Australia recently went viral for telling her workers to choose family over work! Isn’t that incredible?
In a post that has quickly gone viral on Facebook, Charity Delmo wrote:
I hired you in the hope that you can be a good provider to your family, not to take you away from them, to give you additional skills not take your parental skills away from your kids, to make you a better person not just for the company but all the more for your family.
So when the time comes that you will have to choose between attending your sons and daughters’ school activities over a client’s needs, if you have to choose between your wife or your husband’s needs over mine as your boss, —please choose them.
You see, not all employers will understand some of my principles in leadership but I would rather close this company than seeing you miss your kids school activities because you have to be in a meeting, or seeing you getting broken because of your unfixed misunderstanding with your husband or wife. They are your home first before the company gave you a second home, they’re your family before you became mine.
I have always believed that a person who’s happy at home is also happy at work.
So, Go home. Be home.
Your work can wait. I can wait.
Your family, the home that you built, once broken, will never be the same again. You will never be the same again.
But the nicely penned letter was met with skepticism from many netizens who couldn’t believe that a boss would be as compassionate as this one. Instead of responding with anger, though, Delmo responds to each one with kindness.