Focusing on Family Hurts Career Advancement

A new study out of Canada has found that if you focus on your family – on caring for your children or your parents – you’re much less likely to be promoted. A Toronto Star article said, ". . . [P]eople whose family commitments impact on their work life are given fewer career-advancing opportunities and have poorer relationship with their superiors." The Washington Post’s parenting blog On Balance also discussed the study by saying that with the average number of hours in a workday on the increase, there are inevitable tensions between work and home. Blogger Leslie Morgan Steiner wrote that she thinks most working parents would concur that "kids are a major distraction from work, whether through sleep deprivation, mental and physical exhaustion, and unexpected absences from work due to calls from the school nurse (or principal) and children’s sick days." (April 2007)