23 Mar Balancing work and family life?
The 2017 #modernfamilies Index from Working Families provides a snapshot into the lives of working families from across the UK and makes thought provoking reading. It shows:
– Only one in five families says they have got the right balance between time (to spend with family) and money (earning or having enough income) to see their family thrive, with over a third saying they haven’t got enough time or money
– One in five parents working full time is putting in five extra weeks a year – the equivalent of their annual holiday allowance – in unpaid work, just to keep up with the demands of the job
– Almost half (48%) said working hours regularly got in the way of spending time with their children and a third said that work had a negative effect on their relationship with their partner and a quarter said it led to rows with their children
– Twice the number of fathers compared to mothers believe flexible workers are viewed as less committed and over double the number of fathers believe working flexibly will have a negative impact on their career
– 47% of fathers agree they would like to downshift into a less stressful job, reflecting the difficulty they face in reconciling work and home. Eight out of ten mothers and seven out of ten fathers agree they would assess their childcare needs before taking a new job or promotion, indicating that both genders now feel they might have to downgrade their careers in order to care for their families. This runs the risk of creating a #fatherhood penalty – whereby men move into lower paid and lower quality work because they have become fathers.
As the world continues to shift it’s becoming even more important for organisations to challenge their ways of working to get the best out of all their employees.
Read more here: Working Families