Gender Blender

In a recent study work life balance stress seems to be shifting.  Women use to bear the brunt of the home and family while managing work responsibilities.  Now in the most recent study the numbers show a different story. 

Men at a rate of 59% say that jobs and family life interfere with each other.  That is up from 35% in 1977.  Women report conflict at 45% up from 40% previously.   What should that tell us?

·         Men are more engaged at home than they have been in the past.

·         Both men and women are experiencing more work life balance conflict now than previously.

·         Our companies are going to have to adapt benefits and work environments considering this trend to keep employees engaged

·         Companies must shift from supporting mothers to supporting parents or families

This is an important idea.  Many companies are focusing on being the best place to work for working mothers.  It seems to me that in today’s environment we need to focus more on being the best place to work for working parents.    

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