We have a few young mothers working for us, and if you have to run a business and want advice this is the best I can give you: never hire women with children. For these ladies, children come first, second and third and if there is a little time left they may think about work. I can't even blame them - it is the genes and the hormones and it is all pre-determined biologically. But if you need to get work done, forget about young mothers.
Our Australian secretary has already left us. She was a disaster. I don't know if it was laziness, stupidity or a combination of the two, but today was the first day she was no longer with us and I spent half the day cleaning up the mess she left. It seems that whenever she didn't know how to do something, she wouldn't ask but she would ignore the question or request hoping the issue would be resolved automatically. Our new secretary will only start on August 1 so I will have to play secretary (again) for a month in addition to my normal tasks.
Yesterday I was on the phone for more than an hour with my good friend XYZ (not his real name, but I will protect his privacy). He has been with his partner for more than 20 years, I always thought they were happy together until a month ago when XYZ told me he has been treated badly regularly by his boyfriend. XYZ met another guy and he is now seriously contemplating to leave his partner of 20 years and move in with the new guy. However, the new guy has many issues - he was sexually abused as a child and as a result still has many psychological problems. I warned XYZ that he should think deep and hard if he wants to live with someone like that and also told him to think about his own happiness first. More often than not, psychological problems are there to stay and people's characters never change. I hope XYZ got the message and won't rush into this new relationship.