第B06版:FOCUS
2017年05月15日 星期一
Career vs.motherhood
  ‘2017WorkingMothers LivingConditions InvestigationReport’released

  The recruitment website Zhaopin.comreleased the ‘2017Working Mothers Living Con-ditions Investigation Report’ on May10,ahead of the Mother’ sDay on May14.The in-vestigation was based on40,210valid questionnaires returned from all parts of China,among which nearly a thousand came fromSuzhou.

  63%of workingmother don’ tdesireasecondchild

  According to Zhaopin.com,the number of mothers who have two or more children was only7%among all interviewed wom-en,while the percentage of mothers who have one child was40%,suggesting about half of the sample body have not started afamily.
  40%of the working women who have no children showed no intention to start a fam-ily in the near future,as there were a few major concerns bothering them: insuffi-cient time and energy,high expenses to raise a child,and worrying a child will block further promotion and sabotage careers.Aquarter of respondents said they live in rented accommodation which is not suit-able for children.Another quarter were re-luctant to think about having children for worrying about the pain during pregnancy anddelivery.
  63%of the interviewed women who have one child showed no intention to get pregnant for a second time,20%said they want another child,and15%were yet to consider this question.
  White-collar workers of different genera-tions held different views over the relation-shipbetweenhaving a family andfemale ca-reer development.The highest percentage of people who believe that parenthood greatly influences awomen’ s career devel-opment appeared among those born in the 1980s.The percentage of those people born in the1990s was the second highest,and white-collar worker born in the1960s,who believe that there is no connection be-tween family and career formed the biggest opiniongroupin this generation.
  As reviewed in the report,66%of work-ing mothers suffered from postpartum de-pressionfollowing delivery.

  Workingmothers want flexibleworkingtime

  What do working mothers need the most?According to the report,71%of the subjects selected ‘ flexible working time’,62%voted ‘ family comes first after eight hour at work’.Other responses included ‘ higher salary’ (41%),‘ do the job that one likes’ (40%),and ‘ less pressure from work’(36%).
  Family has the most influence on awom-an’ s choice of occupation.Before having children,what mothers prioritized were salary(77%),working conditions(46%),and the distance between work and home(46%).After starting a family,mothers con-sider more about the distance between work and home(81%),salary(69%),and intensity of work(50%).
  As limited by time and energy,77%of working mothers chose anewjob nearer to home in order to keep the balance between family and career,39%of them rejected more challenging work for the sake of fami-ly,and20%of themturned to a job that re-latedtochildren.
  For the support working mothers hope their workplace would provide,most re-spondents voted ‘ a feeding break of one hour per day’,‘ do not terminate employ-ment in any form’,‘ no business trips’ and ‘ no work outside of office hours’.
  What is worth noting is that42%of male interviewees and28%of female interview-ees said there is no support provided at their workplaces.It may because those male workers paid less attention to the ben-efits employers provided for female work-ers.

  Beinga‘ full-timemother’is not desired

  According to the report,68%of interviewed females said they won’ t consid-er being a full-time mother after having children,while 22%of themshowedwillingness todo so.
  There are many reasons for the unpopu-larity of being a ‘ full-time mother’.79%of females felt that ‘ being isolated from soci-ety will cause mental imbalance’.65%of females listed ‘ living pressure’ as another big concern.59%of the interviewed fe-males were concerned that ‘ being unem-ployedin the long termwill sabotage the re-lationship between the couple’,and51%of working females said they have goals fortheir careers.
  At the same time,60%of females agreed that it is difficult,but not impossible,for afull-time mother to returnto work.
  (SuzhouDaily)
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