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A family is also a Job

January 6, 2011


A recent article about people tending to work more part-time in the Netherlands, to able to spend more time with their families, regardless of gender, has provoked me to think about it.
What are our priorities? I will Quote a few things from the article that i find most astonishing.

Working (Part-Time) in the 21st Century via The New York Times

“On average, men still increase their hours when they have children. But with one in three men now either working part time or squeezing a full-time job into four days, the “daddy day” has become part of Dutch vocabulary.”

“Karien van Gennip (a former trade minister who runs private banking and investment at ING): “Now that is changing because it has taken us closer to what everybody is looking for: work-life balance.”

“More men want time with the family, but without giving up their careers. And more women want careers, but without giving up too much time with the family.”

Fathers are parents too, many barely have time with their children & it’s hard to accommodate family in societies/countries that don’t have their priorities in place.

“Seventy-five percent of Dutch women now work part time, compared to 41 percent in other European Union countries a… according to Saskia Keuzenkamp at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research. Twenty-three percent of Dutch men have reduced hours… another nine percent work a full week in four days.”

“Rutger Groot Wassink won for co-founding a campaign that promotes part-time work for men … “Men have been excluded from this debate for too long,” … noting a poll showing that 65 percent of Dutch fathers would like to work less.”

“At 70 percent, Dutch female employment is high — but Dutch women work on average no more than 24 hours a week. They earn 27 percent less than men and 57 percent are considered financially dependent …. 96 percent of Dutch (female) part timers tell pollsters they do not want to work more…”

“A 2006 study showed that only 16 percent of Dutch urban women aim to reach the top and just 10 percent would sacrifice family time for a career. “We always rank low in the gender equality rankings,” said Ms. de Bruin, a journalist, “ but we rank high on happiness.”

i myself am not a fan of gender equality rankings; foundations that try to impose their ideology of freedom across different nations, these standards are open to debate & therefore the above quote supports of my view: even though these women may not score highly on these “rankings” (that in my opinion, are corporate ideals) they are happy, and thats what really matters in life.

“Ninety-five percent of Dutch Microsoft employees work from home at least one day a week … Online communication and conference calls save time, fuel and paper waste. The company says it has cut its carbon footprint by 900 tons (WOW) this year.”

Its quite an interesting and controversial topic, that i felt like sharing. I’m not promoting this as a solution to anything, but some contribution to the economy is important to the contribution to your families at the end of the day.

Your views are most welcome below.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 11:18 pm

    I personally totally agree with what you’ve wrote..although it’s a controversial issue. Umm the thing is, life’s all about making choices and in today’s world, women are given more and more equal chances of achieving as much as men in terms of studies, carriers, etc. But it seems that many women still chose the time with the family. I never really encouraged this choice (because I’ve always been a strong voice in the gender debate) but recently I tend to view things differently as a close family member who had jusr graduated with 2 majors, decided to get married and be a young mum. She keeps on saying, I’m a mum; and for now it’s a tough job I’m trying to be good’s about choices we make, or not, we chose or don’t..
    (Very long comment, I just love the topic)

    • January 6, 2011 11:24 pm

      i came to believe that a mom is a Job not so long ago. when you come to realize that it take institutions upon institutions to raise children (us, out one point) to become good members in society, then ofcourse being a parent (mom or dad) is a responsibility & a “job” equally respected as anything else.

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