Finding that well balanced job that I fit perfectly in, and also fits great in my life, which in turn makes us both happy!
I have been a custom woodworker for 31 years. Anything from custom interior trim to mantels, wainscoting, yet specialize in cabinetry and refurbishing of antique cabinets and wood trim. I currently work as shop foreman for a custom cabinet shop, but the pay scale is not a top pay and was informed it is a high as the company is willing to pay. I'm getting so frustrated for being used for my experience to fund the bosses deer leases and new trucks and poker games and not being paid accordingly. I have to work odd jobs just to help provide for my family. Spend so much time working and have very little time for my wife and 10 year old daughter. To me, there is a problem when my 10 year old calls me a workaholic. Any suggestions on how to successfully start my own business or find a better job in the cabinetry business that appreciates experience and hard work?
My wife and I just had a baby 3 weeks ago, but due to complications in the pregnancy and delivery. The doctor have requested for her to take it slow and rest as much as possible. Now, thankfully my job have been flexible and understanding that I can work from home and come in the office three times a week for a certain of amount of hours. But right now! I need to focus on my family. There is nothing in the policy that talks about a maternity leave for a father. How should I go about asking my manager about this? Am I putting my job at risk?