08/08/2007

Long Working Hours And Women

Examining the impact of longer working hours reveals that the well-researched and acknowledged issue of work life balance has other damning aspects as well.

Karen Shire, a sociologist who studies work life at the University of Duisburg-Essen says that as “the work week lengthens, there is a declining birthrate. Women are working more and longer. It is becoming more difficult to have more than one child or even one at all. "That is not desirable from a social perspective" .


Then there is another subtler impact of long working hours. Longer working hours is driving women away from work. Here too it is a question of work life balance, a key issue when it comes to working women.

New research carried out by headhunters Moira Benigson Executive Search reveals, British women are shunning top-flight careers because of a working culture of long hours.

When asked why they were leaving senior positions, the reasons elaborated,
“were the "inner inhibitor" - many women choose family over "stratospheric success" - out-dated attitudes towards women with children and inflexible working arrangements.”


All together longer working hours has a negative impact whereas according to the International Labor Organisation (ILO) report “Shorter hours can have positive consequences including benefits to workers’ health and family lives, reduced accidents at the workplace, as well as greater productivity and equality between the sexes,”