Questions about singles in the workplace are coming up more and more often. That’s a good thing. For too long, conversations about the workplace, and about achieving “balance,” have focused on people who are married with children.
Here, I have put together a collection of links to various discussions (mostly mine) of singles in the workplace. There are four sections: two on the issues facing singles in the workplace, one on single people’s values, and one on possible actions that can be taken to create better workplaces for single people.
The ISSUES, Part 1: Examples of Singlism in the Workplace
Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After (Chapter 12 includes a discussion of workplace discrimination against single people)
Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It
(There is a section on singlism in the workplace and another section on stopping singlism)
Singled out: Why should we stay late at work just because we didn’t get hitched?
Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide, asked some particularly good questions in this discussion of the issues singles face in the workplace.
Best story I’ve ever read on singlism in the workplace
Hey, Singles: Do Co-Workers and Bosses Expect You to Cover for Everyone Else Over the Holidays?
If you are single, every day is tax day: 19 examples
Do men become more generous after marrying?
(Includes a discussion of pay discrimination – married men get paid much more than equally accomplished single men)
Vulnerabilities of singles with no children: Part 4
Sabbaticals for singles?
Changing Careers: Is It Different for Singles?
Do single women pursue careers because there are too few men?
Who has it better in the workplace: Marathon runners or mothers?
She’s single, 42, professional, and unhappy: Wish-fulfillment for matrimaniacs, and bogus, too!
The Scarlet Letter S: Getting Branded for Being Single (Guest post by Diane Torre)
The ISSUES, Part 2: The “work/life balance” conversation that excludes single people
Do it my way: Women telling women how to live
Is the lean-in conversation going to leave out single women?
Shriver’s ‘Woman’s Nation’ is actually a wife and mother’s nation: The evidence
VALUES: What do single people care about most?
Singles value meaningful work – and did so even in high school
Who is most likely to choose more free time over more money?
Motivated by money: What does it mean?
Making it on your own: Are these successful entrepreneurs single at heart?
ACTION: What Can We Do to Improve Workplace Fairness and Create More Singles-Friendly Environments?
Creating a singles-friendly workplace: How would you do it?
Enlighten you workplace: From speaking out to buying an office kid
The single best bit of $$ advice for single people
Where’s our singles movement?
Without unmarried equality, gender equality is not enough
NY Times gently mocks matrimaniacs
Dealing with the put-downs