THE CAREERIST

Do men care about balance?

, The National Law Journal

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I keep hearing that men secretly crave work/life ­balance, but I'm not sure that I buy it.

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  • Male Partner

    Just read my comment - mistyped one line. Should read that I have never known any men in a reduced work arrangement.

  • Male Partner

    I work for a very large firm. We have several programs supporting "work life balance" including reduced work schedules (4 days per week). While I have know of several women Partners over the years in just such an arrangement, I have known several men. However, in answer to your question "Do men really want balance" - I believe the answer is yes. I certainly do, and many male Partners have told me they do as well.

    However, while female Partners are "protected" in their career progress, especially if they are in one of these programs, men are not. Further, inquiries to HR about the availability of such programs to men, result in an response of "Of course they are . . . but we have never done it before -- I will have to look into in.

    Finally, such arrangements have to be approved by your immediate supervisor (Managing Partner) - many of whom, over the years, have made it very clear they would never approve such an arrangement for a man.

    So, while many of us do want work life balance as well, the opportunities are not available to us as they are to women. Just a fact of life.

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