In part one of our series on Working Moms, we pointed to a study conducted by Pew Research in 2007 that found that 60 percent of working mothers would prefer to work part time: up 12% in 10 years.
That same survey found that only 12 percent of working fathers feel the same way.
":There are a lot of supportive husbands out there but I don’t think they have that sort of cultural pressure from their own history to feel like they should be the one doing the majority of the childcare":
When Dr. Colette Sabbaugh had her first daughter 7 years ago, she decided to work part time as a pediatrician so she could have more time at home.
Of course that meant less pay.
":Women are much more motivated by flexibility options. They’re willing to take pay cuts in order to get more flexible work schedules when men really aren’t":
Dr. Patti Colette, a professor at the University of Maine, conducted her own study on working women…and found many are leaving corporate America in search of a better work-life balance.
But is there a downside when employers offer working moms a special schedule A poll conducted by Adecco Group North America in 2007 found that 20 percent of women and 25 percent of men say they resent working moms with a flexible schedule.
Dr. Sabbaugh says she’s seen nothing but support from her co-workers and employer, and it’s something more businesses should consider.
":You also have happier employees, I’m so happy having this balance. If I was working 12 hour days, 5 days a week, I would feel so dissatisfied as a parent, no matter how rewarding my job was. I wouldn’t be a happy employee.":
":I think that the cost to businesses, is if you don’t make some accommodations for women or families, they’re gonna leave the workforce":
Dr. Colette points to several companies that do offer family friendly policies: like Starbucks, and Federal Express.
Eastern Maine Medical Center has many part-time physicians…and the University of Maine has a list of family friendly options. Many, Dr. Colette says, she’s never seen before.
":I think that the workplace for so long has sort of been the top run on people’s agenda. Well I gotta work cause I gotta earn money.":
":I think it’s made it much more acceptable to place the family up higher in the hierarchy of needs and wants.":
Dr. Sabbaugh says she feels lucky to have found a good balance: she has a schedule that allows her to do two jobs she loves. One at work, the other at home.
":It’s important because when my kids grow up, I want them to look back and feel like I was around, I was available and obviously I don’t play with them every second that we’re at home, but I really want them to look back at their childhood and not just remember me always being at work":