Single Workers

Single Workers

Compiled by Caroline Ogilvy and Jane Case

Topic Page Advisor:
Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Single Workers (2010)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues. 

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Single Workers: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/FactSheet_SingleWorkers.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Domestic Partnerships (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_DomesticPartnerships.pdf

Statutes by Theme: Marital Status Discrimination (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_MaritalStatus.pdf

Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2010, Issue 17: Single Workers

By: Lauren Leonard

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

To access this document (PDF):

https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS17_SingleWorkers.pdf

Policy Mini-Brief Series, 2010, Issue 12 - Marital Status Discrimination

By Mary Curlew, MSW and Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called the Policy Mini-Brief Series.  These publications are shorter, complimentary briefs to the Policy Briefing Series, providing state legislators and their staff with a one page summary of work-family policy issues.

Download Issue 12 in this series, entitled "Marital Status Discrimination":
https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/minib_maritalStatus.pdf

Policy Briefing Series (PBS), 2009, Issue 21 - Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Marital Status Discrimination

By Mary Curlew, MSW; Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called, the Policy Briefing Series.  These publications provide state legislators and their staff with answers to questions about specific work-family issues, such as, “How does marital status discrimination affect businesses in your state?" This publication is mailed to legislators across the United States.

Download Issue 21 in this series, entitled "Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Marital Status Discrimination": https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/policy_maker21.pdf

Does Married or Single Matter at Work? (2008)

Lorenz, K. (2008, July 22). Does married or single matter at work? CareerBuilder.com. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-689-Workplace-Issues-Does-Married-or-Single-Matter-at-Work/?ArticleID=689&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=b8b81171cb0e43b88530d18773ff9b02-299864801-JM-5


This article looks at some of the assumptions that workers have about married employees receiving better treatment than singles in the workplace. The assumptions discussed include married employees with children receiving more benefits, having more flexible work options, and being able to put in fewer hours. It is found that most of these assumptions are false, and explanations for each are given.  


To access this document, visit:

http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-689-Workplace-Issues-Does-Married-or-Single-Matter-at-Work/?ArticleID=689&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=b8b81171cb0e43b88530d18773ff9b02-299864801-JM-5


Walking the Wire: Work/Life Balance and the Single Woman (2008)

Chapman, H. (2008, September 16). Walking the wire: Work/life balance and the single woman. The Glass Hammer. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2008/09/16/walking-the-wire-worklife-balance-and-the-single-woman/


This article looks at the concept of work-life balance from the point of view of single women, who do not experience the “traditional” work-life balance idea of family versus work. Several women are interviewed and express how they keep work and life separate, including finding passions outside of work and informing co-workers that they have lives outside of the workplace.


To access this document, visit: http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2008/09/16/walking-the-wire-worklife-balance-and-the-single-woman/

Work Hard, Play Hard: Majority of Workers Satisfied with Work-Life Balance (2005)


Leonardi, N., & Kafenstok, S. (2005, August 17). Work hard, play hard: Majority of workers satisfied with work-life balance [Press release]. Tampa, FL: Hudson. Retrieved October 25, 2009, from http://www.hudson-index.com/documents/us-hudson-index-081705.pdf


This press release describes Hudson’s work-life balance survey, which assesses the percentage of U.S. workers who are happy with their work-life balance. It looks at work-life balance in relation to how many hours per week an employee works and compares married workers’ work-life balance to that of single workers.


To access this document (PDF), visit: http://www.hudson-index.com/documents/us-hudson-index-081705.pdf

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