It turns out that taking the flexibility offered by employers makes it more likely that women won’t be promoted etc.. because they aren’t seen as dedicated to their jobs. Once again, the patriarchy raises it’s ugly face — either work like men supposedly want to work, or you’re on the “mommy track” — where your skills and education won’t be as important as the fact that you need to use flex-time, work from home or come in on Sunday to finish your stuff so you can be home when your kindergartener gets off the bus.
It’s interesting that the NYT article above notes that the mommy-track also assigns work attitudes based on values to men as well… It’s assumed that men don’t want/need flexible work for whatever reason, so if they take it they’re put in the same career-slowing position as their female co-workers.
In the end, the analysis of the NYT is something akin to “unless and until men take flexible options, there will always be a mommy-track”… which is probably true and also sad.. why can’t corporations recognize the results of their worker’s efforts and not the time they spend in the office?
Personally, I’d rather have my employees take care of things at home, have outside interests, have time to exercise and relax etc.. it will make them happier people and better to work with — plus, as my mom taught me long ago, a little flexibility buys a boss a whole lot of loyalty. Mom doesn’t have an MBA, and she’s no CEO – but, she got that one right!