But what did they do on leave? Differing evaluations of men and women's completion of work tasks on parental leave

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Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 96(2), 235-241.


As parental leave policies increasingly encourage new fathers to take paternal leave, the present experimental study explores evaluations of male and female workers who do (or do not) complete work-related tasks during leave. In line with our preregistered hypotheses, not completing work-related tasks during leave resulted in costs for men's (but not women's) evaluations and recommendations, whereas working during leave benefited women's (but not men's) evaluations and recommendations. Parallel evaluations of workers' agency suggest prescriptive gender norms underlie these different responses to men's and women's behaviour.