Having children is definitely a decision that is viewed differently by professional women than professional men. For the male professional it generally has minimal impact with the biggest career interruption being on a few days to a few weeks when the baby is delivered. Yet the female employee will need to be able to put her job on hold for one to three months.
This may explain why a survey taken by Time Magazine that found that 45 percent of female scientists say they are having fewer children because of their career. This is close to double the 20 percent of male scientists are having fewer children than they want simply because of their career.
It is possible this lack of male time taken off is not just related to the pregnancy and birth. According to CareerBuilder.com 34 percent of fathers miss two or more significant events in their child’s life each year because of work.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
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Leading workplace culture books
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CORRECTION: The survey was originally attributed to Scottrade and CareerBuilder.com. This was an error as the survey was from CareerBuilder.com only.