Comedian’s Work-Life Joke Isn’t Funny

JonStewartWhen Jon Stewart announced he’s leaving the popular cable mock newscast The Daily Show, he offered little about his plans for the future.

The only hint he provided was couched in a joke, but I suspect he wasn’t just trying to be funny.

I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people.

This past year has seen a number of high-profile, successful men giving a nod to their work-life woes as a reason for why they are leaving—or scaling back on—careers. It’s good news given that a big part of our focus at Families and Work Institute is to change the work-life conversation from a working women’s issue to an issue that impacts all of us.

That said, these work-life revelations by men still shed light on how different dealing with work and family issues can be for women and men, especially successful men.

“What I find interesting about the conversation around leaning in or out and great careers, is that for men, taking time to focus on home and family is generally a capstone to an already successful career,” said Kenneth Matos, senior director of research for the Institute. “Family is their reward. Whereas the same conversation for women presents family as the boulder in their path. Family is a career obstacle they have to overcome.”

Clearly, it will likely be a reward for the wildly successful Stewart who has  reportedly long focused on his family life. A biography revealed that:

Stewart and his wife, Tracey McShane, are homebodies who shun the spotlight in favor of The New York Times crossword and hanging out with their two kids and rescue mutts, which include a three-legged dog named Champ. As a family, they watch “Cupcake Wars” and “Iron Chef” on the Food Network.

Stewart will soon have a lot more time to enjoy his foodie and family passions.

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