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Dads are more likely to get flex time to care for kids, study says

The boss is more likely to grant a request from dad to work from home so he can care for kids than a similar request from mom, according to new research that refers to the bias as the "fatherhood bonus."
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News Modified: August 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm •  Published: August 20, 2014
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The boss may be more likely to grant a request from dad to work from home so he can care for kids than a similar request from mom, according to new research that refers to the bias as the "fatherhood bonus."

"Dads were more likely than Moms to be granted a work from home request, and they also were deemed to be more likable," according to Quartz coverage of the study conducted by Furman University assistant professor of sociology Christin Munsch. The study was presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

Called "Flexible Work, Flexible Penalties: The Effect of Gender, Childcare and Type of Request on the Flexibility Bias," the study looked at 646 Americans ages 18 to 65. Each was shown a transcript and told it was a real conversation between an employee and a human resource representative. In some cases, an employee asked for the flexibility to come in early and leave early three days a week or to work from home twice a week. The gender of the employee varied, as did the reason for the request, which sometimes involved child care.

After reading the transcript, the participants were asked whether they would grant the request and how likable, committed and dependable they found the employee to be. When the request came from a man and involved child care, nearly 70 percent said they would be "likely" or "very likely" to grant the request, compared to about 57 percent for women's requests.

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