Over the course of this current recession, we’ve witnessed large corporations tumble, small shops shutter and layoffs affect workers of all walks. You can safely assume that most people are concerned about financial security right now, and working fathers are no exception, a recent CareerBuilder survey finds.
Thirty-one percent of working dads would leave their jobs if their spouses or significant others earned enough money to comfortably support the entire family.
Although that’s a sizable percentage, it’s a slight drop from last year’s 37 percent and a significant drop from 2005’s 49 percent.
The CareerBuilder survey, “Working Dads 2009,” included 797 men who are employed full-time and have children 18 years of age or younger living at home.
Although working dads are reluctant to walk away from their paychecks, they’re willing to explore alternative solutions that offer more quality time with their families. Video Watch fathers compare themselves to their dads »
For instance, given the chance to spend more time with their children, 30 percent of surveyed fathers would take a pay cut. Of those willing to take a pay cut, 40 percent would consider a reduction of 10 percent or more.
Balancing professional and personal
Achieving an appropriate work/life balance has always been challenging for working parents, but it’s especially difficult in today’s economy.
And fathers are aware that too often their personal lives take a backseat to work responsibilities.
Thirty-nine percent of surveyed dads spend two hours or less per workday with their children, and 14 percent spend an hour or less. As a result, they’re missing out on some milestones. Half of working fathers admit to missing a significant event in their children’s lives in the last year due to work; 28 percent missed more than three.
Even at home, when they’re nowhere near their desk, fathers are forced to split their time between family and the office. Laptops and smartphones make it difficult for dads to escape the e-leash and leave work at the office. Thirty-one percent of fathers bring work home at least once a week, compared to only 25 percent last year.
Working dads, like so many employees in today’s workforce, are facing heavier workloads and longer hours as businesses struggle to do more with less. If you’re feeling pulled in opposing directions by your job and family, talk to your supervisor. Employers are more willing than ever to help employees strike a work/life balance that benefits both the individual and the company. Yet, nearly half of working fathers don’t take advantage of the flexible work arrangement they have available to them.
Watch men compare themselves to their fathers in this video from CNN: