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Professional men value marriage and children more than female colleagues, finds LinkedIn

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More professional men include children and marriage in their definition of success than their female colleagues, a recent survey has found.

According to the study of 1,023 LinkedIn members, 79% of men equate “having it all” with being in a “strong, loving marriage”, compared to just 66% of women.

Nine per cent of the professional women surveyed said that they do not factor marriage or relationships into their definition of success at all, almost double the figure from the first survey in July 2012. However, 25% of the female participants defined “having it all” as being in a “strong, loving relationship” rather than a marriage - only 14% of men agreed.

Inspired by the conversations on the 190,000 strong LinkedIn group Connect: Professional Women’s Network, the survey explores perceptions of career success, aspirations and self-perception. While it is the third Today’s Professional Woman Report by LinkedIn and Citi since it began in 2012, it is the first to include male professional’s perspectives alongside their female counterparts.

The survey also revealed that women were more stressed about finances than their male colleagues, with Gen X more stressed than any other age group.

However, work-life balance was deemed equally important by both genders and was the biggest concern for both. This echoes a recent survey by Spectrum Thea Eye, which revealed that 59% of people in full-time work have to actively schedule time at home because they haven’t done so in a while.

Jacky Carter, LinkedIn Community Manager for Connect: Professional Women’s Network, says: “Discussions about work/life balance continue to be some of the most popular conversations in Connect, so it’s fascinating that the study shows that men place just as much value on it as women.

“What really surprised us in the results of the study is that men don’t see money as the source of having it all — they actually place the highest value on family.”

Men were more likely to describe themselves as “family orientated”, with 86% factoring children into their definition of success compared with 73% of women. They were also more likely to describe themselves as confident or ambitious than women, who saw themselves as collaborative, detail-oriented and good listeners.

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