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)
(There is a section on singlism in the workplace and another section on stopping singlism)
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.
(Includes a discussion of pay discrimination – married men get paid much more than equally accomplished single men)
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
VALUES: What do single people care about most?
ACTION: What Can We Do to Improve Workplace Fairness and Create More Singles-Friendly Environments?