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Intended for employers, working couples, and corporate and government policymakers, this report documents the increase in the number of dual-career couples and makes recommendations for workplace changes. Included are recommendations for employees in achieving good work/life balance, and for employers in capitalizing on the growing talent pool this group represents.

Impetus: It was found, immediately prior to the study, that in 60 percent of married couple families, both members are in the workforce. This study was conducted to fill information gaps about workplace supports for these employees.

Methodology:

  • Qualitative interviews of both members of 25 dual-career couples

  • Survey of 802 members of dual-career couples (with Yankelovich)

Findings: This report documents the increase in the number of dual-career couples and makes recommendations for workplace changes. There is little difference in attitude between husband and wife toward work in two-career marriages. Both see two careers as a source of increased freedom—to change jobs, to start a business, and to take time off. Both husband and wife want as much flexibility as possible at work; both want the ability to customize their career paths by at times slowing down, and at other times getting in the fast lane.

Sponsor: Phillip Morris Companies, Inc.