Workopolis Dads in the Workplace Poll reveals child-care duties are
difficult for Dads
TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Balancing late nights in the board room with
late nights in the baby's room can be tricky for working dads, according to
new findings from the Workopolis Dads in the Workplace Poll. The poll asked
working fathers about the challenges faced by both working mothers and fathers
and found that dads feel they have more difficulty getting time off work for
child-care duties or parental leave. Additionally, one in five (21 per cent)
of dads confess that time away from family is their top concern because work
commitments mean they miss out on important family moments.
"Women aren't alone in their struggle to balance work and family," said
Patrick Sullivan, President of Workopolis and father of two. "Working dads
don't want to come home just in time to kiss the kids goodnight. They want to
help feed, bathe, read to them ... and then kiss them goodnight. Employers
need to be aware of the challenges facing working dads - and put policies in
place that enable them to be successful both on the job and at home."
Finding time for household chores and not being able to turn off work at
the end of the day is challenging for working dads, with 15 and 11 per cent
respectively of the respondents indicating this was their biggest working dad
obstacle. Not surprisingly, those with more disposable income have additional
troubles powering down at the end of the day. Almost one in five (16 per cent)
of dads with a family income of $100,000 or more report this is their primary
Don't Worry Dear; It's All Under Control
As some dads struggle to balance work and home life, 40 per cent of
working dads claim everything is manageable, thank you very much. But this
declaration is a sharp contrast to what working moms have to say. According to
Workopolis' 2007 Mother's Day survey(*), only five per cent of working moms had
no challenges juggling life.
- Quebec dads are the extreme when it comes to keeping everything under
control - over half (54 per cent) cite no challenges, and only three
percent indicate that time away from family was a concern.
- Finding time for chores was the top concern for almost one-quarter
(23 per cent) of working fathers in Western Canada, and thereby
better mimicking the challenge felt by working moms.
Tips for Working Dads Struggling to Find Balance
- Time management applies at home too - Work projects and
responsibilities are scheduled into your calendar; take the same
approach to family time. Make note of class trips, big games and
recitals, and schedule time for these important dates.
- Be an essential ingredient at the dinner table - Try to be home for
dinner as often as you can. Absence at meal time should be a rare
occurrence, not the norm. Lend a hand with meal preparation or spend
time with the children.
- Take your kid to work - it works - If your workplace allows, bring
your kids to work and show them what you do for a living. If not,
talk to them about what you do when you are away from the family.
- Do your homework - Take note of other dads at your workplace and in
your social group. Follow example from those who make family a high
priority and ask for pointers on everything from how to handle sick
days as well as time away from the kids.
Father Really DOES Know Best
We've heard the expression many times, so it must be true. But do we
When it comes to career-related advice, one-third of working dads polled
(35 per cent) indicated they had acted on recommendations from their fathers
and were happy with how things turned out; another 18 per cent didn't listen
to what Dear Old Dad had to say.
"My biggest piece of advice for working fathers is to take the time to
enjoy the little moments with your children. The most important title to me
was always 'world's best dad' versus what was written on my business card,"
For more information on how dads can juggle both work and home life as
well as for career-advice from high-profile Canadian fathers such as CFL
Commissioner, Mark Cohon, and triathalete and Olympic gold-medallist,
Simon Whitfield, please check out <a href="http://www.workopolis.com">www.workopolis.com</a>
<a href="http://www.workopolis.com">Workopolis</a> is Canada's largest and most popular online career-solutions
provider with over 3.6 million unique visitors monthly in Canada, the most
posted resumes and twice as many job postings as the nearest competitor.
Workopolis provides a fully bilingual suite of industry-leading products
and services including:
- Powerful Resume Database search functions and intuitive screening
tools to help connect employers with the "best fit" candidates -
contributing to a 71% hiring success rate for customers.
- An inside look at niche industries with access to over 100
professional and trade associations.
- Career alerts, resume rescue and online salary calculator to help job
seekers find the right job.
Headquartered in Toronto, Workopolis has offices in 8 Canadian cities.
Workopolis is a partnership of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca Ltd.,
the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada.
Workopolis is the exclusive Official Supplier of Online Recruitment
Services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
About the poll: The poll was conducted by Harris/Decima between May 1 and
13, 2008 via a national omnibus telephone survey among a representative sample
of 248 working Canadian fathers. The margin of error is +/- 6.2%.
(*) Harris/Decima teleVox poll conducted April 2007
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