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Parents Make Better Bosses

A formative, family-friendly factoid from a recent study or survey in the news.

BY John Lilly

April 8-14, 2007 Issue | Posted 4/3/07 at 10:00 AM


A new study shows that workplace managers who have children are happier and more productive on the job than their non-parent counterparts. Specifically, dads and moms are better able to handle workplace stress, resolve conflicts and juggle competing priorities. Laura Graves of Clark University, co-author of the study, says the demands of children and a busy household don’t add to workplace stress but, rather, help managers deal with it. And family experiences, she says, “help managers develop the ability to see others’ views.”

Source: Journal of Applied

Psychology, March 2007