Fathers Struggle With Work-Home Balance

June 19, 2011

The traditional role of dad as the bread winner has changed, especially in this tough economy. Still, as much as kids like to have dad around full time, a recent survey shows that most dads would like to be at work.

CareerBuilder recently released its annual Father’s Day Survey to show that 84 percent of working dads who were laid off over the last 12 months say they have found full-time employment.

Surprisingly, only 33 percent of the dads surveyed said they would quit their jobs if their significant others made more money than them and could support the family. That is down from 44 percent five years ago.

The survey consisted of 836 working fathers from February 21 through March 10 of this year. Many of these dads say that smaller staffs and heavier workloads have them missing time at home with their families.

Some of the survey results:

*One-in-five dads work more than 50 hours per week on average, up 19 percent from last year.

*Two-in-five say they spend two hours or less with their children each day; 16 percent spend one hour or less.

*Twenty percent report that they bring work home at least three days per week.

*Thirty-four percent say they have missed two or more significant events in their child’s life due to work in the last year.

*Twenty-one percent feel their work has had a negative impact on their relationship with their children.

“As companies downsized during the recession and work demands accelerated, we saw dads having a harder time finding balance between providing for their families financially and spending quality time with them,” said Alex Green, General Counsel for CareerBuilder and father of three. “Communicating openly and planning ahead both at work and home is critical, especially when personal and professional obligations are pulling you in 100 different directions.”

Green suggests these tips to help dads find a better work-home balance:

*Talk: Don’t just listen to the events of your family’s day, talk about what’s going on in your office and why you are so busy.

*Schedule: Create a master calender of every family member’s schedule so you know what’s going on. Save vacation days for important events, and talk to your supervisor about flexible work arrangements including telecommuting, condensed work weeks and flexible hours.

*Unplug: Establish a “no work” zone and turn off your phone and computer when you get home until your children have gone to sleep.

*Say No: In addition to work, some activities associated with your job can take a toll on your free time. Determine what additional activities you can turn down so that you can free up more of your time at home.

“It’s also important to cut yourself some slack,” said Green. “Even the best dads need a break sometimes.”

Happy Father’s Day, Dads!

Categories: Economy, Education

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Things certainly have changed since a few decades ago. Men have to become motivated to embrace that their roles in society have changed.


There is no more of that scene of the super dad that handle all the family. Situation is way different


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