Friday, May 7, 2010

Survey: Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

The latest Adecco Staffing U.S./Harris Interactive American Workplace Insights survey finds almost one-third (30%) of American moms are the sole breadwinners in their households.

They're bringing home the bacon, frying it up in a pan and never, ever letting you forget you're a...oops, I went to the 1970s for a few seconds! Sorry about that. Whatever happened to Enjoli?

Anyway, back to the Adecco/Harris Interactive survey, which found the moms surveyed don't want their kids making the same career mistakes they feel they've made. Three-fourths (74%) want their children to pick a different career than they did. Well, they do say that mom knows best, right?

The survey also found 56% of moms thinks mothers make the best bosses but only 42% would want their own mom to be their boss. That means 58% would choose their dad to be their boss instead. I'm guessing this is because mothers and daughters tend to argue more, whether it's about risque clothing choices, tattooed boyfriends named Spike or useless college majors. Daughters don't want to walk into their mom-boss's office with spreadsheet in hand only to hear her say, "Don't slouch your shoulders like that! And why do you insist on wearing your hair that way?" Maybe dad is a safer bet, boss-wise.

Working parents on the East Coast also tend to argue over money more often than working parents on the West Coast: Slightly more than one-fifth (21%) of working parents in the Northeast think their spouse or significant other resents them for making more money. The number is much smaller on the West Coast, where only 7% of working parents think their spouse or significant resents their earning power. Hey, who wants to argue about who earns more money when there's sun, fun and Double Doubles to eat? People on the West Coast have better things to do. Throw on the Vans and flip flops. Surf's up!

Here are The Eurythmics in honor of all the hard-working moms out there. Happy Mother's Day!

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