Equal pay for equal work…

Mothers in the workplace

I am so ill of hearing about “equal pay for equal work,” and the very old “glass ceiling issue.”  Do NOT get me wrong!  I feel women in the workforce, when they are able to work, are just as valuable, skilled, and knowledgeable as their male counterparts, physically demanding jobs aside.  Does ANY intelligent employer really question that?  Of my 190 employees, all but 20 are female and all do a great job.  Despite these facts, there are reasons that women tend not to earn equal pay, there are reasons they bust through the glass ceiling late in their careers, if at all. CHILDBEARING. Hello???

When I hire a male, I know that menses will not enter the picture (male PMS maybe), there is very unlikely to be extended FMLA associated with child bearing and bonding (however our liberal society is even eroding into this).  There are rare daycare issues, not having to leave early or suddenly for a fever, or only work till 3:00 p.m. because “the kids are getting home from school.”  Gee, are these really MY problems?  My main focus is to meet customer needs, and generate a profit so that the business is successful in providing employment.

Is this fair to women that these extra family duties usually befall them?  No, not at all.  But, is it fair to the employer to provide equal pay for equal work when the work is repeatedly and often very inconveniently interrupted by child-related issues?  No.  And in the finer definition of ‘equal work,’ it isn’t even equal, is it?  Not really.

Because of child rearing, women spend a good deal of their working careers, working part time for employers, and part time for their families.  This leads naturally to a slower skill set accumulation, and ergo slower advancement.  It also leads to the very odd phenomenon we see in our organization, that advancement is greatest in single young childless females, and in older females who have raised their children into adolescence.  Even so, the younger ones being less experienced, cannot be maximally advanced and taken seriously by their colleagues, and the older ones may have lost some of their edge, particularly with technology.

So, being female is not a great place to be looking for “equal pay for equal work” and to speed ahead of male counterparts who have been consistently present and accounted for in the workplace.  Sorry for being brutally honest.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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