Sociologist Youngjoo Cha from Cornell University found that women whose husbands work sixty plus hours per week are 42% more likely to quit their jobs than women whose husbands work less. Women who are married to these hard working men and who work full time, too, are 50% more likely to toss in their briefcases for dust pans.
And what about those households with an overtime working father, a full time working mother, and some children added to the hectic mix? The number of women leaving the workforce jumps to a whopping 112%!
Chances are, if the husband’s on overtime and you are left tending to your job, children, and home, you just may be leaving your career behind.
I can’t say this surprises me.
As a work at home mom, I’m completely overwhelmed some days when I am required to finish deadlines, take care of sick children, wash the clothes and cook dinner.
It is difficult for me to imagine working outside of the home and having to tackle household duties with this schedule. At least if I’m here and I’m walking from the office to the kitchen I have a moment to dust the TV and vacuum the carpets.
My best friend works outside of the home, and she spends most of Sunday cleaning, cooking food for the week, and doing other tasks she just can’t get done because she is out of the home five days per week.
So why do moms leave the workforce when their husbands work double time? I’m sure you can guess the answer to this question: Cha states that women are typically in charge of household duties and simply don’t have time to fit it all in.They replace post-it notes with laundry because they can’t do it all.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a plan in your household, even if your spouse works double-time, to get things done?
How do you care for the household duties, the children, and work – all in one day?