Singles in the Workplace

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Are single people treated unfairly in the workplace? Here are some of my writings on this topic and other issues related to single people and their work and careers.


 Single workers aren’t there to pick up the slack for their married bosses and colleagues

 Best story I’ve ever read on singlism in the workplace

 The many ways singles are treated unfairly at work

 When getting to work from home is someone else’s judgment call, will singles be disadvantaged?

 Singles have fewer benefits than married couples — but are slowly gaining more

 Why it is unfair to expect single people to cover for everyone else at work

 Married workers heading out early and singles staying late

 Some bosses think it is fine to pay single people less than their married coworkers

How single women get devalued in the workplace because they are single women (by Joan DelFattore)

 Married mother has different view of singlism, matrimania

 Creating a singles-friendly workplace: How would you do it?

 Enlighten your workplace: From speaking out to buying an office kid

 Do co-workers and bosses expect you, single person, to cover for everyone else over the holidays?


 Sabbaticals for singles?

 Changing Careers: Is It Different for Singles?

 Making it on your own: Are these successful entrepreneurs single at heart?

 Not just money: Why older singles want to keep working

 Singles value meaningful work – and did so even in high school


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Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It


Singles in the Workplace: Issues, Values, and Action

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.


Fantasies about Supporting Single People and Singles Advocacy

Writing about singles has been an enormously meaningful experience, but it has not been a lucrative one. I’ve had fantasies about making a mint on Singled Out or Singlism or from blogging. Not gonna happen.

What I fantasized about is not stuff like buying a yacht or traveling around the world. What I really wish I could do is support single people and singles activism and advocacy. So here I’d like to share some of my starry-eyed ideas that will never come to fruition from my meager royalties or paychecks. I hope you will add some of your own.

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SINGLISM Is Published!

“All Things Single” readers, I’m blogging to you first. My new book, Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matterse, and How to Stop It – written together with 28 other contributors – is now available. You can get it here at Amazon, though as I write this, Amazon has not yet added the description of the book. (They build book pages one or two sections at a time.) You can also get the paperback here, at the book’s own page, where the description does show up.