A mother gets permission to work from home, as long as she keeps quiet about it to her coworkers.
A new father declines paternity leave, fearing it will hurt his chances of promotion.
Employees who do not have kids feel discriminated against when colleagues use flextime for parenting responsibilities.
These scenarios represent underreported results of work-life balance (WLB) policies designed to help people handle the demands of work and family, according to an Academy of Management Annals article. While research findings have painted a rosy picture about how such policies are a “win-win” for employer and employee, more recent studies reveal a dark side that has largely been swept under the rug.