The researchers surveyed 495 men and women professionals, and also 190 executives with responsibility for hiring, recruitment, and retention at their firms. One finding: 68% of women and 58% of men said the would consider leaving the workplace for a period of time. Women ranked parenthood as the top reason they would leave the workforce (70%); for men, “avocation or life outside of work” was the most common reason, at 59%.
Here’s the key, though: “While men are almost as interested in taking a break as women (59% versus 70%), they are hesitant because they believe women are more likely to be granted a break from the workplace. 75% of men said that employers are more likely to say “yes” to a woman requesting a leave of absence from work. In addition, 85% of men said that employers are more likely to say “yes” to a person with children requesting a leave of absence from work.”
Yet the survey of corporate managers belied that assumption. “While a majority of individuals felt companies were more understanding of women (63%) and people with children (77%) taking career breaks, less than half of hiring managers said they were more understanding of women (41%) and or more understanding of those with children (44%).”
Do those findings jibe with your experience? What’s the reality in your workplace? Is it easier for women to get time off–or do men just think so?