After my post yesterday, I searched around to see what I could find. I found two interesting studies in the Harvard Business Review and University of Kansas City.
In the 1st graphic it was interesting to me that 59% of men attributed personal success to rewarding relationships, when only 46% of women did. Work life balance was very close and within 1% point of each other. The 2nd and 3rd biggest gaps were between men and women’s views on Learning and Developing and Financial success.
With regards to Work/Life Balance, UMKC reported that men are 5% more satisfied with their balance than women. They also found that men are consistently more happy at work and at home than women are.
Sorry I have not posted in awhile! I have recently started a new job and have found myself, as I expected, working more hours than I have in awhile. In my new position I have spent time thinking about the differences between men and women, and balance between work and home. I posted somewhat of a stream of consciousness below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
I am constantly trying to make sure that I am contributing as much as a I should at work while balancing a life with my spouse and son at home. There are days where I feel like I have figured it out and days that are just plain tough. It is hard for me to be away from my family as much as I am but I feel genuinely happy about what I do and my career. I am often tired of hearing about women who are trying to have it all or women who are constantly lamenting their guilt about being a working mom. While I am all for balance and every mother finding her own way… I have to wonder, do men think about these things as much as we do?
I think that men and women are inantely different in the way we view different components of work and home life however I don’t know why. I am constantly trying to better understand the variances between how men and women feel about working and being a parent. The balance of work and home is an ever popular topic and yet one in which there will never be answer.