Working Parents: Can You Have Work-Life Balance?

Fifty-four percent of working parents have taken advantage of flexible work arrangements.
Fifty-four percent of working parents have taken advantage of flexible work arrangements.

Yes, you can have it all! At least according to 78 percent of working parents who say it’s possible to be successful in your career and as a parent, as reported by a recent CareerBuilder survey.

During the summer, when children have a break from school and parents still work their full hours, developing a work-life balance can be especially challenging. Although more than half of working parents (51 percent) say they feel equally successful at work and as a parent, others felt their work life interfered with their personal life. Thirty-eight percent of working parents have missed a significant event in their child’s life due to work in the last year, and 21 percent have missed three or more events.

“Work-life balance is certainly a struggle for all professionals, but we see workers moving past the idea that they have to give something up and that the sacrifice of either a career or parenting must be made,” said Jennifer Grasz, vice president of corporate communications for CareerBuilder, in a press release.

Money is not the main motivator for working parents. Only 25 percent said they would likely leave their job if their significant other made enough money for their family to live comfortably. And 65 percent were not willing to take a pay cut to spend more time with their kids — a feeling shared by both working moms (66 percent) and dads (65 percent) nearly equally.

“Promoting a balance should be important to employers, too. When employees feel a greater sense of control and ownership over their own lives, they tend to have better relationships with coworkers, be more productive and are able to leave work issues at work and home issues at home,” added Grasz.

California’s working parents may be eligible for a variety of leaves. Starting January 1, 2018, California’s New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) requires employers with 20 or more employees to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected parental leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) offers broader protections and covers employers with 50 or more employees. Parents can use FMLA/CFRA for baby bonding or to care for a child with a serious health condition. There’s also mandatory paid sick leave (all employers) and school activity leave (employers with 25 or more employees working at the same location).

HRCalifornia can help you navigate California’s tricky leave laws.

Katie Culliton, Editor

CalChamber members can use the Leave Interaction Wizard to determine if an employee is eligible for leave under Pregnancy Disability Leave, FMLA, CFRA, NPLA or a combination of these leaves. Not a member? See how CalChamber can help you.

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