July 17, 2013
Listen here. Aired on the Marketplace Morning Report. I got the idea for this story from a podcast I put together earlier this year after talking to Danielle Maveal, formerly of Etsy, about her reluctance to leave her job there despite knowing it was time to move on. She convinced herself the company needed her, it felt like 'family', she felt guilty at the thought of leaving, and she had little confidence about what else she could do. Research has shown that the longer women stay in jobs, the less likely they are to leave - put another way, in the early years of job tenure women are likelier to quit a job than men, and a Rutgers professor I spoke to in the spring put this down to women's tendency to step into the breach when anything goes wrong on the home front (sick kids or parents for instance). But when they settle in, they often settle in for a while, and as the Marketplace story lays out, the reasons these days are as much economic as they are psychological.