Many women tell me of the difficulty they had to convince their manager that part time hours would work in their functional area. Typically they gain agreement to a trial period of a few weeks or months, minimal feedback along the way and then it becomes accepted – especially as women working part time typically produce a much higher output than expected, and many fail to re-negotiate their responsibilities appropriately.
Women who work part time are focused, disciplined and results oriented. They’d rather work longer 3 or 4 days a week than put in a full time week. Generally their managers are getting the same results for a fraction of their full time salaries.
It therefore irks me that these same resistant managers have the audacity to brag about their commitment to supporting women and their need for flexibility and take full credit for their generosity!