Monday, June 16, 2008

Who's Going Back to Work? Mom or Dad

In the recent annual pre-father's-day survey, Career Builder received almost a thousand responses from employed men with children under 18 years old living at home.

Here were some of the survey highlights:

- 22% of fathers said their jobs have a negative impact on relationships with their children
- 47% of working fathers spend fewer than three hours daily with their children
- 25% of working fathers stated that they work more than 50 hours a week
- 24% of fathers said they bring work home at least once, if not more, a week

Richard Castellini, VP of Consumer Marketing at and parent of three offered tips to help working fathers create a more healthy work/life balance.

Here are some additional tips from the Mayo Clinic for working parents who want to maintain a healthy balance between work and life:

1. Keep a log by tracking everything you do for a week. Include work and non-work related activities. Make a decision about what is necessary and satisfies you. Discard what you do not enjoy. Essentially, do a job analysis.

2. Explore all of the options your employer has available include compressed work weeks, telecommuting or job sharing.

3. Learn how to say "NO" and leave work at the office. A colleague of mine often says that many people forget that "No" is an actual word.

Read the rest of the list here.

Sometimes we forget that men reenter the workforce too. The Career Builder survey gives good insight into how they are thinking.


Anonymous said...

The number of fathers bringing work home seemed a little low, based on the stories I hear from friends. would like to hve seen more men respond.

Marcia said...

I think both parents, mothers and fathers, are now taking home more and more work or working longer hours. A softening economy puts additional pressure on employees to do more with less. Many have a hard time taking vacations or saying "No" to additional work. Definitely adds to the stress.