04 Aug New Study Finds Uncertainty Among Working Parents
The Bright Horizons Modern Family Index revealed anxiety and fear in working parents.
- Even in 2014, working parents fear family responsibilities could get them fired
- Work/family balance is not only a women’s issue; fathers are just as stressed and insecure about work and family conflicts as mothers
- Working parents are willing to give up valuable pay and health benefits for reliable, quality child care
- Working parents are almost never on vacation, most using paid time off for family responsibilities instead of taking a trip or relaxing
- According to the survey, 80 percent of modern families have two working parents in the home, 55 percent have two or more children, almost a third of families are caring for an elderly relative or expect to be in the next five to 10 years, 13 percent are caring for a child with special needs, and seven percent are parenting in a committed same-sex relationship.
Interviews of more than 1,000 working parents by the Modern Family Index found that:
- Almost 25% of working parents admit to lying or bending the truth to their boss about family responsibilities that get in the way of work.
- About 33% of respondents would forgo a raise or higher-paying job if it meant obtaining reliable child care.
- Nearly 50% of working parents admit one of their concerns due to their family responsibilities is that they could get fired.
- Working parents are almost never on vacation, most using paid time off for family responsibilities instead of taking a trip or relaxing.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions CEO David Lissy says:
…it is clear that working parents throughout the U.S. are still struggling to manage all of their responsibilities, and many still feel that they cannot be honest with their supervisors about needing to be available and active in their family lives. This is causing undue stress on mothers and fathers alike and ultimately hurts productivity.