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 CareerBuilder.com 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.