But I ran across some information that indicates this may not always be the case. Yay progress! This sample size is small, but if these women are outside the norm, it can still give the rest of us hope that it's at least possible. In the study, a research firm studied 24 executive women who worked part-time for 10 years.
- Almost all the women were still employed at the same place.
- Half still worked part-time. The rest were working full-time--by choice.
- Almost all were in middle or senior management. More than half had been promoted while working part-time.
- All were satisfied with their choices.
I think this is easier to do when you're already working and when your skills are valuable to your employer, but I also don't think it's impossible to advance if you start working for a company on a part-time basis. Once your contributions become valuable, it's easier to move sideways or upward within the company.
What do you think? Is it common or even possible for part-time workers to be promoted?