Father's Day just passed and I just received the article below in my BenefitNews.com newsletter. My experience with Dads and flexibility is that the culture of many workplaces is to expect that Moms want and need flexibility and not realize that this is something that should be available for Dads too! In addition, some Dads don't even think to ask for or expect a little flexibility. So I encourage you to reflect on your workplace and consider whether Dad's are able to enjoy work and life balance, too!
Dads look for work-life balance
It's not only moms who crave work-life balance. About 44% of working dads are willing to accept a pay cut to spend more time with their children. Indeed, 16% would take a pay decrease of 5% or more, reveals a recent CareerBuilder.com survey.
About 28% of working dads say work negatively impacts their relationship with their children. In fact, 30% spend less than two hours per day with their children after work. Furthermore, 40% bring work home at least one day per week, while 20% do so at least three days per week. About 58% have missed at least one significant event in their children’s lives due to work in the last year, while 19% have missed five or more.
Men may have less flexibility at work than women. About 40% of working dads say their companies offer flexible work arrangements, compared to 53% of working moms, and 18% of working dads say work style adjustments inhibited their career progress, CareerBuilder.com reports.
Meanwhile, fewer than six in 1,000 fathers stay home, according to Salary.com. Roughly 40% of working dads say they would stay home, if their spouse earned enough to support their families, CareerBuilder.com finds.