2011
Author: 
Page, F. & Feenstra, F.
Publisher: 
Melbourne: The One Hundred Percent Project
Pages: 
23
Type: 
Primary Research
Area of focus: 
Flexible Working

This study, conducted by an Australian not-for-profit organisation, surveyed Australian workers on their beliefs and priorities regarding work-life balance. The authors argue that focusing discussion of flexible working arrangements solely on women characterises women's careers and leadership as problematic. Few differences were found between men's and women's responses in the survey.

A majority of men state that they expect to devote time to raising children, and are willing to make sacrifices to achieve this. Men expressed higher levels of commitment to parenting than to their careers, were more likely to be satisfied with their lives if satisfied with their contribution to family, and were more engaged working for organisations which offered options for achieving work-life balance. However, significantly fewer men have requested these options than women, with the most commonly cited reason being concern over negative career effects.

Despite both genders valuing their careers equally, this reticence in opting for flexible work arrangements means more women leave the workforce or work part-time to meet the workload demands of raising children.