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June 17, 2011
Father’s Day Survey: Employment Up, Work/ Life Balance Down

There's good news this Father’s Day. The majority (84 percent) of working fathers who were laid off in the last year report that they are now employed full-time.

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However, the CareerBuilder survey also found that work/ life balance is suffering. Many dads report working long hours, with 22 percent of respondents reporting that they work more than 50 hours per week. Furthermore, 20 percent report they bring work home at least three days per week.

Longer hours and larger workloads could be affecting father-child relationships. Nearly 40 percent spend two hours or less with their children, while around 15 percent spend an hour or less.

The survey also found that 34 percent missed two or more significant events in their child's life due to work in the last year and an additional 19 percent said they have checked work voicemail or e-mail during their children's events.

Overall, 21 percent feel their work has negatively impacted their relationship with their children.

Alex Green, General Counsel for CareerBuilder and father of three suggests the following tips to help working fathers find a balance:

  • Talk about it - Listen to what is going on in your family's lives, talk about what is going on in your office, so everyone understands why you are away or have to do some work when you are home.
  • Scheduling is key to success – Create a family calendar with everyone’s schedule.
  • Establish a "no work" zone – Avoid checking your work phone and e-mail while you’re home with your children.
  • Consider flexible work arrangements – See if your company and position provides an opportunity for telecommuting options, flexible hours, condensed work weeks and other arrangements.
  • It is ok to say no! - Determine what additional work activities you can turn down and which are necessary so that you can free up more of your time outside of the office.



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