Title

Two Careers, One Employer: Couples Working for the Same Corporation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2002

Abstract

Advances in career development research require scholars to move from analysis of the career paths of individuals to a life course approach to the interlocking career paths of couples. Increasingly, not only are U.S. workers married to other workers, but significant numbers of couples work for the same employer. Drawing on a subsample of employees in dual-earner households in five corporations in upstate New York (and their spouses), this study examines both the direct and indirect effects of being a coworker on career development, work circumstances, and spillover. Being part of a coworking couple positively predicts men's job prestige, tenure, and commitment to work (in terms of working long hours, heavy workload, etc.). These effects, as well as spillover, are most pronounced for younger men without children. For wives, coworking corresponds with increased income and increased spillover between work and family, especially for younger coworking women without children.

Publication Name

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Volume Number

61

First Page

466

Last Page

483

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1006/jvbe.2002.1886