22% of working dads say their job has negatively affected relationships with their kids.
Working fathers are feeling the heat due to the tough economy, and it's making it difficult for them to balance their personal and professional lives, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Many dads say their relationships with spouses/significant others and their kids are suffering due to job-based pressures. "For many households, the recession has affected family life as much as personal finances," says Alex Green, general counsel for CareerBuilder and a father of three. "Many families need dual incomes, and post-recession work environments often entail longer hours." While greater corporate acceptance of flex-work arrangements can help, fathers can make things easier by establishing no-work-zone boundaries while at home and learning how to diplomatically say "no" without a backlash, CareerBuilder advises. Nearly 730 working fathers took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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