“Study: Reducing hours isn’t always a career killer”
By Kathy Gurchiek
Society for Human Resource Management Online
Choosing to cut your workload to three or four days a week is not a career killer for top-level employees, according to Crafting Lives that Work: A Six-Year Retrospective on Reduced-Load Work in the Careers and Lives of Professionals and Managers, a study that was released Feb. 16.
‘Many leading employers have been formally and informally offering alternative work arrangements such as reduced-load work for many years,’ according to the executive summary of the report by McGill State University, Canada’s leading research-intensive university, and Michigan State University (MSU).”
If you are an executive with major health challenges that limit your ability to work, elderly parents who require substantial attention, young children who require parenting, or simply are at a stage in your life where quality of life and personal pursuits weigh heavily in the equation of work/life balance, this is great news.
This study shows that, even in the demanding executive arena, part-time work can be a feasible option for many that allows time for a fulfilling personal and family life. As your executive resume should focus on communicating accomplishments and results of your efforts, that those were achieved in a limited timeframe should certainly be no detriment to your marketability!