San Francisco Chronicle

TECH EXECS CALL IT QUITS IN THE NAME OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE

by Kia Croom / March 17, 2015

Uber CFO Brent Callinicos announced on Monday that he’s stepping down to spend more time with his family. His resignation comes just one week after Google CFO Patrick Pichette announced his early retirement via Google+, including his immediate plans to travel the world with his wife. Pichette made mention of the “frenetic pace” of his job and how he’s “always on even when I was not supposed to be.”

These resignations from these tech executives suggest they want in. They want to attend their kids’ soccer games and share hallmark family moments. They want to respect and appreciate their devoted spouses by being present.

A 2011 paper written by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) entitled “The New Male Mystique” posits C-suite males are embattled by the classic “work-family conflict:” an imbalance that results when more hours are spent working than home in a given week. The study surveyed 1,298 married men who were employed in a salary or wage job.

Sixty percent of respondents reported they were experiencing work-family conflicts.

FWI president Ellen Galinsky said the study revealed a more vulnerable side of male executives who contend with some of the same challenges and pressures as their female counterpart.

“[The study] gave them permission to talk about it. It feels to them that they have it not as hard as women do, yet they struggle with the same issues,” she said. “They too are challenged balancing extensive work-related traveling with parenting.  They fear backlash from their families for having missed pivotal moments.”

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