Friday, June 14, 2013

Does Having Kids Hurt Your Career? Sometimes

 

Your annual review may not be the only thing playing a part in your career advancement, new research has found. That research suggests that one's home life may play a big role in how one is treated at work.

 Men who took on nontraditional roles caring for children were treated worse at the office than men who had more traditional parenting roles, Jennifer Berdahl of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Sue Moon of Long Island University Post discovered.

The findings were not limited to men, however.  Women without children and mothers with nontraditional caretaking arrangements also experienced poorer treatment than their counterparts in the office.   

"Their hours are no different than other employees', but their co-workers appear to be picking up on their nontraditional care-giving roles and are treating them disrespectfully,” Berdahl said.

The researchers say mistreatment, at least in the case of men, comes from the fact that they are seen as lacking devotion to their work and company. That view is highlighted when looking at men who are not required to care for children since they are seen as being able to fully focus on their jobs without distraction.

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