Lawyers Cassie Gisclair and Lisa Hodgdon were appalled Tuesday by a new study finding that dads receive an overwhelmingly positive reaction when asking to work from home compared to mothers.
The study by Furman University found that 70 percent of fathers receive a favorable reaction compared to 57 percent for mothers.
"I would say that they got it wrong!" said Gisclair of the firm Broad and Cassel. “They need to go back and reevaluate the people in their study.”
Since having kids 9 years ago, the women have adjusted their schedules to split their time between work and home, all with the blessing of their bosses.
Women at Webjet.com, an online travel agency, were stunned. Especially after they learned that close to 700 people surveyed also found moms who want to work from home are more disliked, less respected and less committed compared to dads.
“Mothers are so committed to their children. Why would they be committed to their children and not committed to their job?" asked Jessica Sokolowski, a Webjet.com employee who has been working partially out of the house for 12 years. "I am just so aggravated! It makes me angry."
The study found dads are still perceived as the breadwinners, so it's a bonus when they assume childcare responsibilities.
Webjet CEO Mathias Friess, a former executive for an airline, once opted to partially work out of the house.
"I took care of the kids, gave them a bath and fed them, do what dads are doing. Put them to bed and work again," Friess said.
It worked so well he decided to offer that to his employees. In fact, it's a workplace policy he implemented.
"We see it as an opportunity for both parties. We see it as a privilege for the employees," Friess said. "It makes your life so much easier. It works for them it works for me. The bottom line: Happy employees, happy employer."
More moms take advantage of it, Friess said, about 70 percent of his workforce. But all his workers are equally committed, which has him shaking his head over the findings, too.
"I am surprised and shocked in reading this. When I did, I thought we were still lived in 1965!" Friess said.