Men Benefit More From Flexwork Than Women

February 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

A recent survey of more than 500 full-time workers conducted by the Work+Fit Strategy Group reveals that men are more likely to take advantage of, and benefit from, flexible work options than women. While the ways in which all employees get their jobs done is changing—thanks in large part to technology that enables telecommuting and open offices—men are more likely to work in a traditional office than from home.
While 31 percent of respondents said they do most of their work outside of a corporate location, three out of four of them are men. There was no measurable difference among teleworkers with or without kids, or of different ages. Among those working at an office, about one third work in open cubicles—but women are more likely than men to do so. Interestingly, 31 percent of home-based workers say they have less work-life balance today than they did a year ago, although they are more likely to receive training on how to achieve that goal.
There are, presumably, many reasons for all the differences; the biggest, I assume, is the continued gap between men and women when it comes to seniority and pay within the workplace. Many people who want to work from home or improve their work-life balance need to be aggressive in their requests, and in their attempts at keeping the lines between work and home clear. Also, men working at home remain less likely to spend time on house work and child care than their female counterparts (according to the most recent data), so those men who do have the option of telecommuting probably reap bigger work-life balance than women who still have to juggle home and child care duties.
What do you think about these results? Do we need to focus more on making it possible for everyone to get the flexibility they need? Is there a better way to ensure telework delivers better balance? Join the conversation below!

Tags: Remote workers, Telework, Work-Life Balance, Workplace

Re: Men Benefit More From Flexwork Than Women

March 1, 2014 at 6:09 AM
I think it is indeed harder for women to take full advantage of flexwork programs because they simply end up doing more work - whether those are job-related tasks or household chores. But I also think it is a matter of personality and self-discipline. Many of us try to give their best to both their employer and the family and we sometimes forget that it is aso important to also relax and decompress. Such people need to make a conscious effort to take advantage of flexwork programs for their personal benefit and not just for the benefit of their employer or family.