LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Among people with jobs, who works harder — men or women? And who is more honest? The results of a new poll are out with some surprising results.
Somewhere between playing CEO and mom, Melissa Lanz of Burbank, who founded The Fresh 20, an online company that provides healthy menu plans, somehow cooks up the time to get it all done.
“I’ve always been a workaholic… I’m up at 6 and I work an hour before anyone else in my family gets up,” Lanz said.
“Get my family ready and then I work again from 11:30 to 4:30… Then I come back online at about 8 o’clock and work until midnight,” she said.
Which means for her the typical 9-to-5 workday is a long-gone luxury.
“Between 12 and 14 hours a day,” she said.
It is always down to business for Naomi Pennino of Thousand Oaks too.
“Even over the weekend,” Pennino said.
So the results of a recent study came as no surprise to either of these working women.
Recruiting software firm Bullhorn surveyed more than 5,000 workers and found that 54 percent of women work nine hours a day compared to 41 percent of men.
“There’s a lot of drive coming out of woman these days,” said Daisy Swan, a career coach in Marina del Rey and author of Making Work, Work: Secrets from a Career Coach’s Office.
Swan said she believes that most women inherently possess the passion to go the extra mile.
“They’re putting in that extra time. They’re also starting with their career trajectory earlier in life,” Swan said.
During a vacation, the poll found that 67 percent of women were willing to work. But only 62 percent of men claimed the same.
“When I go on vacation, I care. I want to make sure things are going well. It’s like checking in on your kids.” Pennino said.
“You have to get me on a remote desert island to not check in,” Lanz said.
When it comes to sick days and honesty, 1 in 5 men said they lied about being sick, but only 1 in 7 women did so.
“I just think the essence of being a woman, the caring part comes out,” Pennino said.
“There’s also some of the issue of women needing to show they’re going to do almost better than what a man would come up,” Swan said.
Career experts said, while men are still powerful forces in the workplace, nowadays they stand shoulder to shoulder with their female counterparts.
“Women bring their own secret sauce into the workplace that really adds a little extra value,” Swan said.
Studies also show more women, like Lanz and Pennino, are filling higher positions, giving them the flexibility to be mom and manager.
“The notion that we’re in any different from men in that respect is crazy. We’re driven to perform,” Lanz said.
Tuesday Swan and Lanz will both speak at the Women for Hire Expo.
Daisy Swan & Associates
Career Coaching and Work/Life Strategies
The Fresh 20
Direct Connect Ventures
Women For Hire Career Expo
Los Angeles, April 17