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1 in 4 Dads Working More as a Result of Economy

(MELVILLE, NY) June 16, 2009 –Adecco Group North America's latest American Workplace Insights Survey finds 1 in 4 (25%) employed dads are working longer hours/took a second job to keep up with current economic pressures. While moms are slightly more likely than dads to admit they are stressed due to the current economic volatility, parents are equally worried about their job security (42% dads and 41% moms.) The economy is hitting home in many ways – half (49%) of working parents admit they wish they could spend more time with their kids. Over half (54%) have cut their family's budget and about 1/3 (31%) say they think their children know what's happening in the economy.

Economy's Effects Differ Depending on Role

 

Working dads

Working moms

Working non-parents

Work because they have to

63%

80%

65%

Cut their family's budget

44%

65%

49%

Working longer hours

14%

16%

15%

Feel more stressed

43%

48%

47%

Concerned about job security

42%

41%

45%

"These findings are great reminders as we celebrate Father's Day, that Dads are just as affected by increased pressure as Moms," says working father Rich Thompson, Vice President of Training and Development at Adecco Group North America. "Sometimes employers tend to recognize and address the pressures of working moms over working dads. It's more important now than ever, that employers take these pressures into account as they are managing their teams. Understanding what their employees are dealing with will help them best manage their workforce."

Adecco Group North America offers the following tips for employers to reduce stress felt on their employees:

Recognize achievements : It may not be feasible to reward employees with salary or bonus increases, but there are non-monetary based ways to show appreciation. Allowing employees to telecommute once a week to save on commuting costs or developing an internal reward or recognition program will go a long way in demonstrating value.

Focus on productivity over face time : Employees should be evaluated by their work over simply the time they are in the office. Allowing more flexible work arrangements will help working parents better manager their work-life balance.

Understand the unique skills of working parents . Parents are experts in multi-tasking, prioritizing and negotiating. Employers should be as flexible as possible to best meet the needs of their business as well as their employee.

For the purposes of this survey we have defined working dads/moms as U.S. men/women ages 18+ who are employed full time and/or part time and are the parent/legal guardian of a child/children under the age of 18 living in their household.

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