In my research, reduced work hours was a practice most frequently and acceptably practiced by the fathers’ partners (the mothers). Six fathers had formally reduced their working hours but 21 mothers were either working reduced hours or had stopped working as a consequence of motherhood. Reduced hours was not a constant trend in any one fathers’ working life. Interestingly, Tom (who had reduced his work week to 30 hours) did not refer to his work pattern as being a part-time.
I am running a poll on this blog to see how many men people know who want to work part-time. Is part-time working something that men (and especially fathers) would choose to do? Or, is part-time working for women only?
Take part in the poll and add any comments here.