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Telework: Not Just Good for Women

Marissa Mayer’s move to ban telework at Yahoo prompted some harsh criticism for working women, but what about men? Three fathers shared a male perspective on balancing work and family in The Atlantic:

In dual-income families at least, fathers have even greater work-life conflict issues than mothers (according to the National Study of the Changing Workforce in 2008). It’s plausible, especially when Harvard Business Review‘s roundup of working-father studies found one study in which 99 percent of fathers surveyed said that their managers had the same or higher work expectations of them after they had a child. Women don’t get enough accommodation after their children are born; men don’t get any.

More and more in the United States, both parents are sharing in the responsibilities of caring for children and a home. Corporate culture has often lagged behind these changing patterns of family life. This is yet another reason we think telework needs to be an important arrow in management’s quiver.

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