CHICAGO, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Is work keeping new dads from maximizing their paternity leave? Two-in-five working dads (43 percent) who had a child in the last three years reported they didn't take any paternity leave.
For those working dads who took some, but not the full allotted time off, 47 percent said they felt pressured by work to come back early. Of those who took some paternity leave, 59 percent took one week or less. This is according to CareerBuilder's annual Father's Day survey, conducted February 9 to March 2, 2012, among 729 full-time, working fathers with children 18 and under who are living with them.
Across various categories, the stress of prolonged economic uncertainty post-recession appears to have affected more working fathers' balance between professional and family life.
"For many households, the recession has affected family life as much as personal finances," said Alex Green, General Counsel for CareerBuilder and father of three. "Many families need dual incomes, and post-recession work environments often entail longer hours. Fortunately, we see more dads taking advantage of flexible work arrangements to try to make up the difference and have more quality time with their families."
The survey found that 22 percent of fathers say their work has negatively affected relationships with their children and 26 percent said work negatively affected relationships with significant others. To help achieve a better work-life balance, Green recommends the following:
Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 729 working dads of kids 18 and under living in household (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government) ages 18 and over between February 9 and March 2, 2012 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 729 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 3.63 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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