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What Helps and What Hinders? Exploring the Role of Workplace Characteristics for Parental Leave Use and Its Career Consequences

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WZB–Berlin Social Science Center, 10785 Berlin, Germany
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DIW–German Institute for Economic Research, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(10), 270; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100270
Received: 13 August 2019 / Revised: 13 September 2019 / Accepted: 18 September 2019 / Published: 26 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family and Work: Parental Leave and Careers)
The division of parental leave among couples today is still unequal—even in countries with progressive leave schemes. Given the gendered nature of the workplace, we examine how organizational characteristics relate to fathers’ uptake and length of parental leave as well as to the perceived career consequences of leave uptake among those fathers who took leave. In our mixed methods study, we draw on unique quantitative and qualitative data on different-sex couples with young children in Germany (2015). We find that the fear of professional repercussions and the lack of a replacement at work inhibit fathers both from taking leave in general and, for those who take leave, from taking it for more than two months. Interestingly, however, the majority of fathers who took leave did not think that their leave negatively affected their professional advancement. This positive evaluation was independent of the length of leave. We compared fathers’ perceived leave consequences to those of mothers, who tended to have a more negative view of the impact of taking leave on their careers. Both fathers and mothers were more likely to report negative career consequences if they worked in organizations that promoted a strong ideal worker norm, that is, where employees thought that they were expected to prioritize paid work over their private life. View Full-Text
Keywords: parental leave; employment; workplace culture; ideal worker norm; gender equality; mixed methods parental leave; employment; workplace culture; ideal worker norm; gender equality; mixed methods
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Samtleben, C.; Bringmann, J.; Bünning, M.; Hipp, L. What Helps and What Hinders? Exploring the Role of Workplace Characteristics for Parental Leave Use and Its Career Consequences. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 270.

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