Don’t shoot me just yet!
This title is not my opinion- it is just a sneaky, underhanded way to entice you to read. If you want to skewer me in the comments for headline trickery, I admit I’m guilty as charged. However, if you’ll lower your defenses for a moment, I’ll explain why women lie more than men when it comes to how much they work.
BLS Finds Women Lie More About How Much They Work – At Work and at Home
Who in their right mind would publish a report on how much people lie about working? Answer: the Bureau of Labor Statistics – your tax dollars hard at work.
According to research from the BLS, when asked how many hours worked, all sexes overestimated the number of hours they actually worked. However, women consistently lied more when compared to men. For example, when a group of full-time working men were asked how much they work, men overestimated their work hours by an average of 3.9 hours. A similar pool of women responded with nearly double the error; 6.3 hours.
Women were common offenders when it came time to estimate work at home. The study found women overestimate home work by 15 hours each week. Comparatively, men overestimated by 13 hours. In both cases, sexes overestimated by nearly double the amount they actually worked. While having a strong work ethic is important regardless of your sex, getting an online MBA will teach you the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
It’s all great ammunition for the battle of the sexes. However, there is a reason for why women tend to come up wrong on the hours worked.
Women Tend to Have Less Structure in their Day
No, women are not overestimating how much they work because they are gender’s great exaggerators. If you were paying close attention to the figures above, you’ll notice something interesting: people are better at estimating work hours than work at home hours. That’s because structure provides you with a reference point to better estimate your time. Men work more professional hours. Professional work hours are more structured and so it’s easier for them to estimate. Women tend to put in more housework, have flexible professional schedules and do tasks related to child care (on average). With “hectic” as the status quo for the typical woman, work overestimation is completely understandable.
Hectic Inherently Multiplies the Feeling of Work
A fairer headline for my article would have been that “hectic work schedules multiplies the perception that you are working.” However, you have to admit that the less fair title is a bit more provocative.
I work full-time and I’m a dad to two young children. My wife works a couple of hours a week and is a full-time mother. Regardless of who works more, odds are, my wife’s actual work is multiplied by a feeling of 2X.
Here’s the cold hard math about my wife’s work day. The children wake up between the hours of 5:30 and 8. Getting out of the house happens only after herding
cats children through about 50 necessary tasks, from dressing to potty time. Even in the wee hours of the night, you never know when the boogeyman will visit the underside of our children’s beds.
The age old debate of whether Mr. or Mrs Smith are pulling their own weight in hours worked is completely irrelevant to question of “who feels like they are working more.” When you look at it in this light, the winner of the hardest working adult goes to the spouse with the more hectic schedule.
I rest my case.
Do you feel like you work more when your schedule is more hectic? How do you fairly divide work between your spouse?
Get all the financial wisdom of My Family Finances sent to your email daily! Subscribe to My Family Finances by Email