Published by: Dutyfy
25th September 2013
The Daily Mail today reported that 60% of women are happy with their work-life balance whilst men are more likely to feel the strain of juggling job and family.
The stats also show that 48% of women believe their work/life balance is only ‘fine’ and not ‘right’. Is this not a startling near-majority which we should be looking to address? ‘Fine’ should not be the accepted norm when it’s very much within our power and capability to try and make things ‘right’.
The article also reported that there is a growing number of people dependent upon part-time jobs and the Office of National Statistics suggests that a ‘majority of women do not need full-time jobs or taxpayer subsidies to work longer hours’.
So are most working women therefore happy with their work-life balance because they are not working full-time? And men who are working full-time are struggling to find the balance.
The Daily Mail is critical of both the Government and Labour in their attempts to ‘impress women voters with their attempts to help them work more by increasing subsidised childcare’ and ‘there is also growing criticism of the Coalition because falling unemployment appears to be heavily dependent on large numbers of people in part-time jobs’.
So if increasing subsidies for childcare isn’t the correct path, and nor is part-time work, what is? Are there ways of working full-time and still having a balance for both women and men? Should there be more flexible roles at work or job-shares? Other possibilities? We would love to hear your thoughts on how to try and make the work/life balance right and no longer just fine.