Twenty-eight percent of working dads say work is negatively impacting their relationship with their children, with heavy workloads and demanding schedules taking away from critical quality time at home. Three-in-ten working dads say they spend less than 2 hours per day with their children after work; one-in-ten spend less than one hour. Forty percent of working dads report they bring home work at least once a week with one-in-five doing so at least three days a week.
Working dads expressed concern that work commitments are causing them to miss out on big moments for their children. Fifty-eight percent have missed at least one significant event in their children’s lives due to work in the last year; 19 percent have missed five or more.
When comparing the work situations of men and women, the survey shows that working dads are experiencing less flexibility with their employers than working moms. Forty percent of working dads say their companies offer flexible work arrangements, compared to 53 percent of working moms. Eighteen percent of working dads report that work style adjustments have inhibited their career progress. Seventy-two percent say adjustments have enhanced or had no impact on their career progress.
Richard Castellini, Senior Career Advisor at CareerBuilder.com and father of three, offers the following tips to help working dads gain a healthy work/life balance:
The CareerBuilder.com survey, "Working Dads 2006," was conducted from February 21 to March 6, 2006. Methodology used to collect survey responses totaling more than 225 working fathers, employed full-time with children under the age of 18 living at home involved selecting a random sample of comScore Networks panel members. These Web Panel members were approached via an e-mail invitation, which asked them to participate in a short online survey. The results of this survey are statistically accurate to within +/- 6.53 percentage points (19 times out of 20).
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