In a recent “Parents & Work” survey conducted by FlexJobs from November 14 – 30th, 2012, 725 parents were asked about how work affects them and their families. The questions considered the issues working parents think about and confront on a regular basis, and how work flexibility might impact those.
The results showed that working parents are very optimistic that they can be both great employees and great parents (81%), but they overwhelmingly believe that having a flexible job helps them achieve that – 97% say a flexible job would help them be a better parent in some way and 95% said that a flexible job would allow them to be more productive (67%) or as productive in their job. Additionally, 89% of respondents said that work flexibility is the most important factor in finding their next job, with competitive pay being the second most important at only 50%.
One of the most interesting data points was that 89% of the respondents said if they had a flexible job it would increase the time they spend volunteering in their children’s school or organized activities. This potential increase in parent volunteering could convert to much-needed involvement and even cost-savings benefits for schools and community programs.
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Finding the right job as a working parent is no easy task. It can be hard to juggle a family and a job, but there are jobs that make it easier for parents to balance life and work. Along with a good salary, parents often need jobs that offer flexible hours and even work-from-home opportunities. …Continue reading »
According to a recent survey by career website FlexJobs, an overwhelming majority of parents (96%) say having a traditional full-time job conflicts with important parts of taking care of their families, and two-thirds report frequent conflict. At the same time, a whopping 97% of respondents feel that having work flexibility (such as working from home … Continue reading »
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Most parents with below-poverty incomes who are raising minor children are married. according to Married … without Means Poverty and Economic Hardship Among Married Americans by Shawn Fremstad The failure of many policy elites to recognize the extent of marital poverty covers up the profound economic struggles of millions of married parents. The paper concludes that to reduce …Continue reading »
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“While the U.S. economy has shown some signs of recovery—the U.S. unemployment rate has dipped below 8 percent from 10 percent three years ago—the economic outlook for many working families is bleak” write Brandon Roberts, Deborah Povich and Mark Mather New in LOW-INCOME WORKING FAMILIES: THE GROWING ECONOMIC GAP (Adapted choosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor to follow) Data from the U.S. … Continue reading »
The Great Recession / 6.3 M children were living in families with an unemployed parent on average in 2012
“Economic conditions for children today are similar to those of a year ago—and much worse than they were in 2007. Millions of families with children have not yet regained ground lost during the recession.” write Julia B. Isaacs and Olivia Healy in The Recession’s Ongoing Impact on Children, 2012: Indicators of Children’s Economic Well-Being (Adapted choosen excerpts by … Continue reading »
Some parents could be forced out of work and into poverty as the rising cost of childcare outstrips wage rises, says a report. A survey by the Daycare Trust charity showed that the average cost of nursery care in Britain for children under two rose by nearly 6% last year. Average wages rose by just … Continue reading »