Childfree Women Say Working Moms Are Slackers!

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Childfree Women Say Working Moms Are Slackers!
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Mon, 08-05-2013 - 5:22pm

From the survery mentioned below, forty one percent of child free women think it's unfair that they have to pick up the slack for working moms: 

“Nah-nah-nah-nah, I work harder than you do.”

Sorry, but, for working moms, a new U.K. survey that finds there are plenty of women without children who feel they put in more effort at their jobs than their parental peers sounds a lot like a playground taunt.

According to the Daily Mail, the survey of British working women conducted by Red Magazine in the U.K., 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. Yes, this survey was done across the pond, but we’re guessing that despite the whole nappies-diapers divide, the results would be similar stateside.

Do you think that that child free women are right to feel that they are taken advantage of because they don't have to get home to a family?

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Tue, 08-06-2013 - 7:04am

I wonder if these child-free workers are working longer hours and skipping lunch and vacation time to pick up the slack of co-worker parents.  If not, I don't see the problem.  If you're at work, then work.  Even if it means doing what may be assigned to the working parents.  It seems throughout one's employment, there can be many times other co-workers step in for each other.  A death in a co-worker's family can mean weeks or longer of an underproductive employee.  An engaged *female* employee can be one of the worst underperformers.   A healthy work environment should acknowledge that people will take their turns being less productive.  Not true in all industries, but obviously in some.

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Tue, 08-06-2013 - 1:20pm

Cmmelissa wrote:
<p>From the survery mentioned below, forty one percent of child free women think it's unfair that they have to pick up the slack for working moms: </p><p><em>“Nah-nah-nah-nah, I work harder than you do.”</em></p><p><em><span>Sorry, but, for working moms, a new U.K. survey that finds there are plenty of women without children who feel they put in more effort at their jobs than their parental peers sounds a lot like a playground taunt.</span></em></p><p><em><span>According to the Daily Mail, the survey of British working women conducted by Red Magazine in the U.K., 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. Yes, this survey was done across the pond, but we’re guessing that despite the whole nappies-diapers divide, the results would be similar stateside.</span></em></p><div>Read more: <a href="http://www.ivillage.com/working-women/6-a-543392" rel="nofollow">http://www.ivillage.com/working-women/6-a-543392</a></div><div></div><div>Do you think that that child free women are right to feel that they are taken advantage of because they don't have to get home to a family?</div>


I think it depends on how things are handled in the workplace.  For instance, there are places where childfree/childless people are expected to work all the holidays, since they don't have kids. That's not fair.  Even people without kids have lives and want to spend some holidays with loved ones.  Workplaces can structure things so that everyone has some "personal time or vacation time" and can take off when a kid gets sick, or if they want to go skiing or whatever.