Despite what many think, the age-old dilemma of managing work and home life is not just a women’s issue. Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute, says many may be surprised that the research doesn’t support many of the popular misconception out there on this controversial issue. “Men have a more work-family conflict by a long shot,” she told genConnect. Watch Galinsky talk about the truth about managing family and work life…
The discussion comes on the heals on the controversial Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, which delves into how women have difficulty managing both a high-profile career and a family life - and being happy at the same time. With women making up nearly 45 percent of the workforce, Galinsky said many points made during these debates are simply out of sync with reality.
The first false assumption many make, she says, is that this struggle to find harmony only effects women; men are feeling the heat, too. “They’re feeling pressure to be much more involved as parents and pressure to bring in the money,“ she said.
The second misconception is that this struggle only effects a certain demographic. Working people are effected by this, regardless of their income level and wealth status, Galinsky said. The biggest false assumption is that family life takes time from work.
“Family life can enhance work,” she said. “If you learn how to get your two-year-old into the bathtub, you might learn how to deal with the people who report to you in a much better way.”
Related: The ‘Career Woman’ Myth
genConnect was credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we interviewed the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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