Flexible work timing is one aspect of a job that any employee would love to have. Often, this facility is considered to be a method that eases gender differences. It also provides a solution to increasing dilemmas in modern working families, who have to balance between work demands and parenting.
Years ago, it was believed that women had to take up a majority of such issues. A recent study by Christin Munsch, Furman Universitys sociology professor, showed that office policies are increasing the gap between men and women in a workplace.
Details of the Survey
The survey conducted with 660 individuals across the United States revealed that women who were asked to work from home twice a week were reported to be viewed less favourably than men. When questioned, 70% of people were happy to grant a mans request against only 57% that said yes to their female peers.
Among the participants, 15.5% believed that female workers were not so much or not at all committed to their jobs. In comparison, only 3% of participants made similar claims against men. Add to this, a quarter of the participants suggested that fathers are more likable than mothers at home. In comparison, only 3% have given it in favour of mothers.
As reported by Munsch to Mashable, these results show strong attitudes towards parenting. Munsch also said fathers must be great men in order to be more favoured than mothers. However, women are disadvantaged with the perception that their focus should be at home, especially in looking after children.
Munsch continues to explain there has been an existing emancipation of the role of women. But theres never been a counter-movement of what men and masculinity are allowed to do. Until this gap is lessened female employees, especially mothers, may find it harsh when compared to their male co-workers.
Munsch further explains that though flexibility at work is believed to bring down gender inequality, it may actually perpetuate male-female difference.
Time for employers to review workplace attitudes?
The result of this study comes in as a surprise. It may leave you wondering why are women not as committed as men in a workplace. Women have grown remarkably in the economic empowerment across most developed nations in the past 50 years. This is remarkable because of the extent of change it has brought about.
As a result of this, social arrangements have lacked in most houses. For instance several children have suffered owing to the increase of two-income household. Female employees now make up almost half the American work group. Some of the worlds finest companies like Archer, PepsiCo., Daniels Midland and W.L. Gore. are run by women. They also play a major role in world business. In Europe and America alone, women are believed to earn 60% of university degrees.
The above points and several other factors prove the fact that men and women are equally engaged and committed to their office work.
At home, women have bigger and greater roles to play. Their presence and participation at home is more important than men, especially in case of moms. Hence, it is important that women are provided with better facilities in a workplace like flexible timing and work from home options.
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