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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Are men afraid to ask for balance

A survey released today shows stereotypes are blocking the progress of employees trying to achieve work/life balance. The first Annual Work+Life Fit Reality Check found while corporate workplace flexibility efforts and media coverage continue to focus on women and moms, more than 90 percent of 981 full-time employed adults surveyed by telephone believe work-life balance is “An issue for everyone.” Yet, only 15 percent say they actually have work-life balance.
Here is what I found most interesting: Men are more concerned about what others might think of them should they make work-life balance changes. Men are significantly more likely than women, 32 percent versus 23 percent, to say “Others will think you don’t work as hard,” when asked what’s kept them from improving their work-life balance. Employees ages 25 to 34 were also significantly more likely than other age groups to worry about their colleagues’ opinions, and that they might loose their jobs.
“The good news is employees don’t think it’s a lost cause. But as long as they are afraid to ask, work-life programs are nothing more than web site promotion and employee hand book topics,” says Cali Williams Yost, author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2005). Yost also write a blog,

Do Your Own Reality Check:Click here for a quick quiz to determine your work/life balance.


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