A CEO’s decision to step down and focus time on his family has shined a spotlight on whether it’s possible to balance life as an executive and the role of parent.
Max Schireson, who recently stepped down as CEO of the database giant MongoDB, writes on his blog
about the gender inequality when it comes to work-family balance:
“As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO.”
He goes on to detail why, after four years with MongoDB, he’s chosen to spend more time with his wife and children. He notes that women often get asked how they balance work and family, but men rarely do.
Start the slow clap, folks. A presumably wealthy man, whose wife is a doctor, is making what he calls “a hard choice” that 99 percent of people would make if they were put in his position.
I haven’t met a parent who wouldn’t quit their job tomorrow if they were financially set.
This isn’t a story about gender inequality, which Fast Company
and The Huffington Post
erroneously assume. This is a story about economic inequality. Check out this Facebook post from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg:
Calling this “speaking out” is a bit much, I’d say. This isn’t a story about a suburban dad who just wants to spend more time on the Little League diamond. It’s about a rich guy who is so rich that he doesn’t have to work as hard as he is right now. Good for him. We could all probably get by on a little less.
That said, we've heard about many men resigning to "spend more time with my family" as an excuse. This time, it seems genuine.
Will this spark a trend of dudes quitting their job or downsizing their career to spend more time with their kids? Hopefully. After all, we could use a little more room at the top for us working stiffs.