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The ideal employee according to managers – and it’s not good

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In an ideal world, all employees would be family-less and work-obsessed, with one sole focus – the betterment of the organisation for which they work. A new study has found that many managers and supervisors have a mental ‘work devotion schema’ running in their values, beliefs and thinking and will often take a dim view of staff having to deal with matters outside the organisation during company time. New research has reinforced this idea, showing that men are given better work performance ratings when they are known to sacrifice family for work, while women are given poorer performance ratings for looking after family during company time. Let’s look at the findings of this study in a bit more detail.

Family and work…

For the purposes of this research, the authors refer to ‘family’ as “‘a larger, non-work entity that includes responsibilities towards spouses, children, non-married partners and home life in general’”.

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