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Men At Work: What they want and why it matters for women – new research findings by The 100 Per Cent Project

Thank you to Frances and Kylie at The 100 Percent Project for inviting me to their Sydney research launch on Friday of Men At Work: What they want and why it matters for women.  The key take aways for me are that men largely want what most women want too, when it comes to workplace culture and flexibility.  And that women are paying a price for the inability of men to get it.

What the study found is that:

  • Men want to spend time and energy on their family life:  75% of men expect to devote significant time and energy to rearing their children
  • And family is more important to them than their career: 68% of men are willing to accept costs to other areas of their life so they can be involved in the day-to-day care of their children
  • They want a rewarding career – but won’t sacrifice everything for it:  83% of men expect to devote significant time to building their career – but only 29% of men expect to make as many sacrifices as necessary to advance their career.
  • Men want work-life balance – and say their life as a whole is better if they get it:  62% of men who are satisfied with their life as a whole agree that their work-life balance is right for their current situation. Only 14% of men who are not satisfed with their life think that their work-life balance is right.
  • Men don’t ask for greater work-life balance, even if they have children, because they think asking will harm their career:  Only 39% of men have asked for greater work-life balance at some time in their career, due mainly to a belief that such a request would have negative effects on their career and that employers look negatively on employees who take advantage of work-life balance initiatives.

See a summary of the research report here, or click here for the full version.


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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

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