Being a working parent is an interesting phenomenon. I was talking this weekend with a guy friend of mine about how becoming a father of two within a short span of years has allowed him to be bolder in his demands on the job, freeing him to ask for more money thanks to the easy comprehension of the male role as ‘provider.’ Employers seem to respect men who have children as guys who are doing the right thing, and pay them in a way that would enable them to take care of a family. Not so for mothers, who are often viewed as a liability by business owners who worry that women will constantly be distracted by the needs of their children and therefore unable to do their jobs as efficiently as a woman without children … or a man, even one who has children.
In actuality, employees are much more distracted by romantic or other relationship issues than they are by their children’s needs, according to a poll by ComPsych Corporation, the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs. Even on-the-job tension distracts employees from their work more than tending to children does.
Let’s take a look at The Top 8 Things That Distract Employees at Work:
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