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‘Flexibility stigma’ bad for all workers April 4, 2014

Filed under: academia,work — Heg @ 8:14 am

Interesting: this blog post summarizes a paper on what it’s like to be in a department where attempts to work flexibly are stigmatized:

To capture flexibility stigma, our survey asked whether STEM faculty who are fathers and mothers of school-aged children are seen as less committed to their career than their non-parent colleagues, and whether the use of formal or informal work-life policies has negative consequences for careers…

… we find several important consequences of being employed in a department with flexibility stigma, regardless of whether they personally have childcare responsibilities: faculty who report a flexibility stigma in their departments are less likely to intend to remain at their institutionless satisfied with their job overall, and feel like they have less work-life balance than colleagues who do not report such stigma in their departments. In other words, flexibility stigma is bad for all workers in the workplace, not just those personally at risk for being targets of the stigma.

 

One Response to “‘Flexibility stigma’ bad for all workers”

  1. Jackie Taylor Says:

    Thanks for that — very interesting; especially true, I think, for the staff who do the work to support faculty. Not at all clear in this day and age why they need to be in the office from 9-5.


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