Survey Says: Dads Long to Spend More Time With the Kids

by Charlene Santos, GALTime.com

Dads are feeling the pressure of these tight economic times with added workloads taking a toll at home. According to a new survey by Careerbuilder.com, 42% of working dads said they are the sole provider for their household with 9% having taken on a second job in the last 12 months to provide for their family.

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More work means less play... and less quality time with the family. Close to four- in-ten (37 percent) of those surveyed said they spend two hours or less with their children each work day. Thirty-five percent reported they missed two or more significant events in their child's life due to work in the last year.

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"Especially in tough times, working dads have to be more creative and strategic to successfully juggle both work and family commitments," said Jason Ferrara, VP Corporate Marketing at CareerBuilder and father of two. "Employers understand the importance of working dads' time away from the office and continue to place an emphasis on work/life balance through benefits that encourage employees to better manage their schedules. However, year over year, we find that nearly half of working dads do not take advantage of the flexible work arrangements offered to them."

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