Since I’ve been back at work (seven months), I’ve taken zero days off and worked from home only a handful of times due to baby duties. But I wonder if my coworkers think my “other job” as a mom interferes with my paid work?
According to a new Elle/MSNBC.com survey, 15 percent of people think their female bosses are shirking because of child care responsibilities (vs. 7 percent when it comes to male bosses).
I’m actually surprised the percentages weren’t higher–particularly for women. As one expert said in the article, there’s still “a double standard in how women and men are perceived when they do miss work because of a child care need.”
Men are applauded for fatherhood actions, and women are seen as not committed to the organization.
I’m curious what your experiences have been with this. Do you feel like your coworkers look down on you when you have to leave or take a day off to care for your child? Do dads get treated differently? I’d love to hear perspectives from WMAGs and WDAGs, too.