If you think that having children has compromised your career, you’re not alone. Nearly half of executive women say their career growth has slowed because of becoming a parent: 46% of women, compared to 35% of men.
The survey of business executives across 31 countries by Accenture again shows it’s women’s careers who take more of a hit through parenting – the so-called ‘mummy track’. Some of it is likely to be by choice – although that conclusion isn’t necessarily positive, as choice may well be driven by a lack of suitable alternatives.
Although 59% of all respondents have flexible working arrangements, that has a downside. Tellingly, 64% reported that they’ve stayed in a job longer than they would have done otherwise because of those arrangements. And even with that, 41% say that work negatively impacts time with their family.
However, 71% feel they have a work-life balance most or all of the time, despite three-quarters also having a spouse or partner who works full-time. Which proves what we believe at Time Wizard: busy families are incredibly skilled at finding time for everything.
Have kids compromised your career? We’d like to know what you think.
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