One-Third of Working Moms are the Sole Financial Provider in Their Households,
CareerBuilder's Annual Mother's Day Survey Finds
More Than One in Four Working Moms Said Their Kids Have Asked Them to Work
CHICAGO, May 9, 2013
CHICAGO, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Many working moms are shouldering the
full financial burden of their households, closing in on the number of men who
carry this responsibility. Thirty-four percent of working moms reported that
they are the sole financial provider for their households, not far from the 39
percent of working dads who reported that they serve as the sole
CareerBuilder's annual study also finds that working moms continue to struggle
with finding a good balance between the office and home, and often have to
compromise quality time with their families. The national survey, which was
conducted online by Harris Interactive^© between February 11 and March 6,
2013, included 411 working mothers and 420 working fathers with children 18
and under who are living with them.
Shorter Maternity Leave
Demanding work environments have led to some women cutting their maternity
leave short. Of women who have had a child in the last three years, 30
percent didn't take the full maternity leave their company allowed. While 45
percent of women who have had a child in the last three years said they took
more than eight weeks of maternity leave, 17 percent took four weeks or less
and 12 percent took two weeks or less.
Work's Impact on Family Relationships
Juggling professional and personal obligations is an ongoing challenge. More
than one in four working moms (28 percent) said their children have asked them
to work less. Twenty-four percent reported that they spend two hours or less
with their children each day during the workweek.
o17 percent of working moms said their jobs have negatively impacted their
relationship with their children
o12 percent said their jobs have negatively impacted their relationship
with their spouse or significant other
"The household dynamic has changed over the years with women reshaping
traditional roles," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources
at CareerBuilder and working mom. "Women account for more than half of the
U.S. workforce and are often the breadwinners for their households. While
many women successfully manage careers and families, the quest for more
quality time at home will always be top of mind."
Tips for Finding a Better Work/Life Balance
Explore other work arrangements – Six-in-ten working moms (60 percent) have
taken advantage of flexible work arrangements, and the vast majority said it
hasn't negatively impacted their careers. Discuss options with your
supervisor or HR department, armed with a game plan for how you can manage
your workload, cover responsibilities, etc.
Learn to say no - Set boundaries, choose the activities that are the biggest
priority for you and forget about the guilt.
Get organized – Keep one calendar for business and family commitments to avoid
double-booking. Set up a schedule for chores, homework, dates with your
significant other and family activities.
Remember quality over quantity – If you're only able to spend a few hours with
your children each day, make the most of that time. Wait until your children
go to bed before checking email or finishing up that presentation.
Carve out "me time" – Moms need a break too. Schedule time for yourself to
relax and recharge.
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive^© on
behalf of CareerBuilder among 411 working moms and 420 working dads of kids 18
and under living in their household (employed full-time, not self-employed,
non-government) between February 11 and March 6, 2013 (percentages for some
questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain
questions). With pure probability samples of 411 and 420, one could say with a
95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-
4.83 and +/- 4.78 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data
from sub-samples is higher and varies.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping
companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site,
CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24
million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 50 million resumes. CareerBuilder
works with the world's top employers, providing resources for everything from
employment branding and talent and compensation intelligence to recruitment
solutions. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband
portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job search
technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI),
Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its
subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and
Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com
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