This chapter aims to deconstruct ideal worker norms by sharing participants’ strategies for successful work-life integration along with their recommendations for systemic change. Within student affairs, the very nature of administrative work includes long hours and weekend obligations, which may pose a challenge for women university administrators who have children. The chapter offers a portrait of gendered higher education and how ideal worker norms manifest for women. While women in this study role-modeled effective strategies for managing work and family, they also recognized that the culture of student affairs remains unsupportive of working parents. To successfully integrate work and family, flexible supervisors were essential. Women self-constructed strategies centered around key themes that resonated with each participant: developing personal insight, building support systems, and letting go. Redefinition of professional success beyond simply the traditional, linear male model in which the professional focuses fully on a career with few family obligations is necessary.
|Title of host publication||Creating Sustainable Careers in Student Affairs|
|Subtitle of host publication||What Ideal Worker Norms Get Wrong and How to Make it Right|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||19|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2023|