Long Work Hours and Demands Affect Gender Equality in Workplace

Current challenges with the 24/7 demands of the workplace can take a toll of women who want to move forward in ranking. While companies have embraced the idea of flexibility in the workplace, such as allowing work from home or flexible schedules, the trade off has been the demand of employees in what would normally be considered off time. The higher level skilled workers such as those in careers of law, finance, accounting, and consulting have the greatest demand on personal time. The New York Times, reported that researchers are more inclined to argue the point the it is a matter of expecting too many hours to be worked across all gender lines.

Robin Ely, Harvard professor, co-authored a study that indicated that rather than giving benefits to women, that would actually derail their careers. She stated that, “The culture of overwork affects everybody.” A global consulting firm was the group studied. Men made up 90 percent of the partners, according to Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. The firm wanted to know how to decrease the numbers of females who quit and improve the numbers of women who are promoted using Bloomberg. The average work week for the employees was about 60 to 65 hours.

Florida State University researcher Irene Padavis and Boston University’s Erin Reid, conducted the research. They concluded that two matters were unchallenged, one being the necessity of working long hours and the other being the impossible chances for women to advance.