Title

Visibility in the workplace: still an essential ingredient for career success?

Document Type

Article

Publication details

McDonald, P, Bradley, L & Brown, KA 2008, 'Visibility in the workplace: still an essential ingredient for career success?', International Journal of Human Resource Management , vol. 19, no. 12, pp. 2198-2215.

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This article explores the extent to which a variety of different absences from the workplace affect perceptions of employee commitment and loyalty, and ultimately, how this ‘temporary invisibility’ might affect career success. Data were derived from 40 interviews (12 women and 28 men) in a public sector agency in Australia. Findings reveal that absences attract substantial career penalties for many employees, not only in relation to gendered flexible work options such as part-time employment and parental leave, but also traditionally uncontested entitlements such as annual and long service leave.