But as with many other issues, this one is not black-and-white. Though BYU may indeed lack child care, this year it also snagged the number one spot for university employee satisfaction. BYU scored particularly high on work/life balance.
I combed through some of the reviews at Glassdoor (the site that issued the report), and found that many employees were happy with BYU's flexible work schedule, especially students. Many were able to choose their own hours, and some cut back their hours during the school year and then ramped up to full-time in the summer. Others cited the university's commitment to education, prioritization of family, generous benefits, and supportive supervisors.
So I guess I need to repent. BYU is actually more family-friendly than I thought. It doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, but it's nice to know that the school is making an effort to promote work/life (and even education/life) balance.
For many university or college employees, it can be difficult to maintain any semblance of balance. This can be especially true for faculty, when the demands of the tenure clock can be unrelenting, making taking care of a family and working toward full professorship nearly impossible to do at the same time. Female full-time faculty are often either nearly absent or do not have children. For an aspiring female academic, this absence of role models can be discouraging. So I would hope that universities would do all they can to help talented women keep their jobs, even if that means less conventional schedules.
If any readers work for BYU now or have in the past, I'd love to hear from you. Does BYU embrace work/life balance for its employees?