Perfectionist women feel guilty at home and at work, says study

A new study has found women are more likely to feel inadequate at work and at home due to a perfectionist streak. Plus other news.

Women are more likely than men to feel inadequate at home and at work, according to a US study of 288 adults.

It found that a more women felt they were not meeting their own high standards with family and workplace commitments.
The findings are published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Professor Cary Cooper, an expert in organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, told BBC News Oline that women were more likely to be perfectionist and over conscientious.
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Flexible working offered by 63% of businesses
Sixty-three per cent of businesses offer flexible working and 72 per cent think that offering such working practices boosts morale, while half think it increases productivity, according to a survey.
The survey by YouGov, commissioned by Orange, found that mobile and IT sectors did the most to encourage flexible working and that Sheffield was the most likely town to offer flexible working. Brighton and Liverpool were among the least likely.
The survey of 4,500 employees also found 50 per cent of those granted homeworking were not given the technology they needed to do so such as laptops, mobile phones or broadband.
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BT calls in 200 homeworkers
BT has asked about 200 of its work-from-home staff in its loss-making global services division to work from the office, according to reports.
Unions says this is ironic in a week BT was given an award for its flexible work policy. A spokesperson for BT said the move affected a tiny number of staff and that its general policy on flexible working was unaffected.
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Scottish recruitment expert slams equal rights for temps
A Scotland regional director of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation says calls for equal rights for temporary workers from day one of an assignment would limit job opportunities and increase bureaucracy.
Lisa Boutineau was speaking out against proposals in the EU Agency Workers Directive. Current rules only allow for temps to have equal rights after 12 weeks on a job.
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No glass ceiling for women, says M & S boss
Women have “never had it so good”, according to the chairman of Marks and Spencer.
Sir Stuart Rose told the Guardian that there was no such thing as glass ceilings and no reason why women should not rise to the top jobs. He dismissed the idea that having children could act as a barrier to promotion.
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Happiness gap between men and women growing
People are growing happier in Europe, but women are less happy than men, according to a study published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States.
In The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers of the University of Pennsylvania, say that, despite big gains for women over the last 40 years, women in the US were reporting lower happiness levels than men for the first time. In Europe, although most people are happier than men, the gap in happiness between men and women has widened, with women’s sense of happiness having fallen relative to that of men.
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Clarify social networking policy, employers told
Recruiters should take steps to clarify their policy on social networking at work, a ecent Blake Lapthorn and APSCo seminar with Selwyn Bloch QC heard.
It said that the legal position is unclear about who owns social networking set up for business purposes at work and recommends that companies:
– have a clear IT policy that includes use of networking sites and monitor employees at reasonable levels to ensure compliance
– ensure employees keep their social and professional networking separate and insist they use a work email address for professional networking
– require employees to delete business contacts from their networking accounts when they leave a job.
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