NEW YORK-Is work keeping new dads from maximizing their paternity leave? Forty-three percent of dads who had a child in the last three years reported they didn’t take any paternity leave. But leveraging the benefits of virtual offices could change those numbers.
Working dads who took some paternity leave said they felt pressured by work to come back early. So says CareerBuilder’s annual Father’s Day survey.
The stress of prolonged economic uncertainty post-recession appears to have affected more working fathers’ balance between professional and family life. Thirty-six percent of dads reported they bring home work from the office, up from 27 percent in 2008.
Meanwhile, 35 percent of working dads said they would consider trading their careers for a role of staying home with the kids if their spouse or partner made enough money to support the family. And 33 percent of working dads reported they would take a pay cut if it meant they have more quality time at home.
“For many households, the recession has affected family life as much as personal finances,” says Alex Green, general counsel for CareerBuilder and father of three. “Many families need dual incomes, and post-recession work environments often entail longer hours. Fortunately, we see more dads taking advantage of flexible work arrangements to try to make up the difference and have more quality time with their families.”
And therein lies the key words: flexible work. Flexible work strategies can help new dads on paternity leave maximize their time with their newborn. Virtual offices give dad the flexibility he needs to work during odd hours, as well work during what would otherwise be commuting time. And virtual offices let dad work in his pajamas at 5 a.m. before the baby wakes up if he has to.