Aug. 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM ET
“Nah-nah-nah-nah, I work harder than you do.”
Sorry, but, for working moms, a new U.K. survey that finds there are plenty of women without children who feel they put in more effort at their jobs than their parental peers sounds a lot like a playground taunt.
According to the Daily Mail, the survey of British working women conducted by Red Magazine in the U.K., finds 40 percent of childless employees say they work harder than the parents in their office. On the other hand, 78 percent of the non-parents do note that being a working parent seems to amount to two full-time jobs. Yes, this survey was done across the pond, but we’re guessing that despite the whole nappies-diapers divide, the results would be similar stateside.
For their part, the newspaper notes, most working moms surveyed (96 percent) don’t think their childless colleagues harbored any ill-will when they needed to leave work for family obligations. Guess again. Forty-one percent of those without kids said it was “unfair as they are left to pick up the pieces,” according to the Mail.
But it’s all relative, right? Half of working moms surveyed say they’re stressed all the time, 60 percent say it’s hard to turn off work-mode when they leave the office and 59 percent feel, you guessed it, guilty for spending too much time away from home, the newspaper reports. These truths are universal, huh?
Despite the guilt, a whopping 86 percent of working moms say they enjoy interacting with fellow grown-ups and another 68 percent are happy to be back in the office environment, the Red survey finds, according to the Mail.
“The pressures of modern life are a huge juggling act whether you work part time, full time, are a full time mum or a non-parent,” Red Editor-in-Chief Sarah Bailey tells the newspaper. “'Only by lifting the lid on unspoken taboos can the workplace become better for all. Women are constantly agonizing over achieving a work/life balance, but our survey findings show this 'balance' is one of the great myths of modern working life.”
For now, we’ll choose to live in ignorance that our non-parent co-workers are cool with cutting us some slack when we need to run to pick up a sick child from school, leave early to catch the last innings of a T-ball game or extend an occasional lunch hour to see half a school play—or hope that we work with the 60 percent of women who don't feel this way.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.