Do men suffer too much gender prejudice in part-time work?

A woman asks to work part-time after maternity leave and the boss agrees. She is loyal, hardworking and a terrific asset in a part-time or full-time capacity.

A male worker with similar skills asks to work part-time and the boss says no. The firm is short-staffed and the boss sees the request as a sign of less commitment.

The rejection discourages other male workers in the firm from asking to work part-time. They believe moving from a full-time to part-time job is career limiting and a blot on their résumé when looking for other work.

Part-time work has steadily risen

Not all requests to work part-time go like this, for men or women. Part-time work for both sexes has risen steadily since the 1980s and more corporates have a better view of workplace flexibility and the possibilities of part-time work.

Also, a new generation of fathers have a more enlightened view of part-time work and the benefits of spending a day or two each week caring for children. For them, the co-sharing of caring duties through part-time work is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Sadly, the stigma of men moving from full-time corporate careers to part-time roles is alive and well. Numerous studies have shown men are discriminated against when they ask for flexible working arrangements, including part-time work. Read more

Tony Featherstone - Brisbane Times - 19 Apr 2018


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