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November 10, 2010

Health Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement and…….. House Cleaning?

Filed under: General HR Buzz8:09 am

Think your employer should pick up the tab for someone to clean your bathroom?  If your employer is a university and you are a scientist, then the answer may be yes, according to a paper published in Academe, a magazine of the American Association of University Professors.  Yes, this is a serious policy recommendation.

Researchers from Stanford University analyzed how scientists at top U.S. research universities spend their time and found that female scientists do nearly twice as much housework as their male counterparts.  The 10 hours-plus each week those women spend on cooking and cleaning could be better used toward important scientific work, the researchers argue.

Their solution: Universities should provide benefits that support housework, in the same way many employers provide health insurance, tuition reimbursement and childcare subsidies.

In the interest of advancing the human resource profession, I propose employers nationwide offer paid house cleaning services to HR professionals.

Read the full article here



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