The Work-Life Integration Overload: Thousands of Researchers Weigh in on Outmoded Work Environments, Unfriendly Family Policies
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
More Than Half Say Work Conflicts with Life Responsibilities at Least 2-3 Times a Week, Nearly 40% of Women Researchers Have Delayed Childbearing
NEW YORK – Attracting workers into science and technology fields could be hampered by work-life integration issues according to a new international survey. Drawing data from 4,225 publishing scientists and researchers worldwide, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) finds that lack of flexibility in the workplace, dissatisfaction with career development opportunities and low salaries are driving both men and women to re-consider their profession.
More than half (54%) of all scientists and researchers said that work demands conflict with their personal lives at least 2-3 times per week.
Only a third of researchers agreed they work for family friendly institutions. A number said that their employers do not have spousal hire policies or that such policies are not available because of funding cuts.