Ouch! Childfree women say working mums are slackers
'Nah-nah-nah-nah, I work harder than you do.'
According to the Daily Mail, the survey of British working women conducted by Red magazine finds 40 percent of childless employees say they work harder than the parents in their office. On the other hand, 78 percent of the non-parents do note that being a working parent seems to amount to two full-time jobs.
For their part, most working mums surveyed (96 percent) don’t think their childless colleagues harbor any ill-will when they need to leave work for family obligations. Guess again. Forty-one percent of those without kids said it was 'unfair as they are left to pick up the pieces,' according to the Mail.
But it’s all relative, right? Half of working mums surveyed say they’re stressed all the time, 60 percent say it’s hard to turn off work-mode when they leave the office and 59 percent feel, you guessed it, guilty for spending too much time away from home, the newspaper reports. These truths are universal, huh?
Despite the guilt, a whopping 86 percent of working mums say they enjoy interacting with fellow grown-ups and another 68 percent are happy to be back in the office environment, the Red survey finds.
'The pressures of modern life are a huge juggling act whether you work part time, full time, are a full time mum or a non-parent,' Red Editor-in-Chief Sarah Bailey tells the newspaper. 'Only by lifting the lid on unspoken taboos can the workplace become better for all. Women are constantly agonizing over achieving a work/life balance, but our survey findings show this "balance" is one of the great myths of modern working life.'
For now, we’ll choose to live in ignorance that our non-parent co-workers are cool with cutting us some slack when we need to run to pick up a sick child from school, leave early to catch the last half of a football match or extend an occasional lunch hour to see half a school play -- or hope that we work with the 60 percent of women who don't feel this way.