According to a recent Working Mother survey, moms who are career-oriented report greater satisfaction in all aspects of their life than women who work for financial reasons. Women interviewed for the Working Mother study who see their job as an important career feel that they are able to develop their skills and feel as though they have a purpose, while they also sense they have more support from their spouses and generally feel more positive about the time they spend with their family. Alternatively, career-oriented moms do report feeling as though they cannot get away from their work.
Women and men in the corporate world without children have a tendency to see career-oriented women as less likely to: “be committed to career advancement; take on additional work; be committed to job responsibilities; be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done; take stretch assignments; reliably deliver quality work; and, be prepared for a promotion.” The report shows that working-moms are concerned with co-worker’s pre-conceived ideas of what it means to be a “working mom.”
This report points to misconceptions that can lead to misunderstandings in the office. In the changing workplace, dialogue becomes a necessary tool for intervention and clarification among co-workers.