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The Redesigning and Redefining Work Summit (RRW) is an INVITATION ONLY summit at Stanford University to present new and innovative research and generate dialog among diverse perspectives to create a new platform for the design and definition of work for the twenty-first century.  The RRW Summit will bring together one hundred and fifty top academic researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, and media representatives to set a research-based agenda for redesigning work.
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Friday, November 8 • 12:25pm - 12:45pm
Erin Cech, Rice University

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Consequences of Flexibility Stigma among Academic Scientists

Flexibility stigma, or the devaluation of workers who seek flexible work arrangements, is an important barrier to redesigning professional workplaces in the 21st Century.  Drawing on a sample that approaches the cultural norm of “ideal workers”—science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) faculty—I discuss who is most likely to report flexibility stigma in their departmental climates and identify consequences of working in an environment where one perceives this stigma.  Analysis of survey data indicates that faculty who report flexibility stigma in their departments, regardless of their gender or family status, are more likely to want to leave for industry, less likely to intend to remain at their university long-term, report worse work-life balance, and are less satisfied with their jobs. These findings help support a business case for changing workplace cultures and structures to better fit the needs of workers:  flexibility stigma has negative consequences for all STEM faculty who reported this stigma, not just those (such as parents) who are directly at risk of being stigmatized. 

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Erin Cech

Assistant Professor, Rice University
Erin Cech joined the sociology department as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She was recently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego.  She earned undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Sociology from Montana State University. Cech’s research examines the cultural mechanisms of... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2013 12:25pm - 12:45pm
McCaw Hall, Stanford Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street, Stanford