Meagan Baskin, an associate professor of management at Florida Gulf Coast University, recently conducted a study comparing how mothers and fathers are perceived by their supervisors in a remote work setting. The study looked at how bosses rated their employees’ work performance and commitment while changing the online meeting background to show no children, kids’ toys, and then children.
“Past research has told us that when women become mothers, they suffer what we call a motherhood penalty. So there, while their performance might say, consistent, and they might stay committed to the workplace, they actually see declines in performance evaluations,” said Baskin.
The study found that men do not experience the same negative perceptions in the workplace once they become fathers. Instead, they often describe a fatherhood premium, meaning their bosses often look at fathers as doing it all.
The results of Baskin’s study will be posted tomorrow.
Women are encouraged to complete a quick, anonymous survey that will only take three minutes to fill out. The survey aims to gather more information on whether working mothers feel they are penalized in the workplace.
The survey results will be collected and shared anonymously on Wednesday. It is hoped that by collecting data from working mothers, the research will provide a more comprehensive understanding of how gender and parenthood affect remote work perceptions.
If you are a working mother and would like to participate in the survey, please fill out the survey below: