Academic journal article AEI Paper & Studies

Work-Family Issues

Academic journal article AEI Paper & Studies

Work-Family Issues

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In a 2000 Penn, Schoen, & Berland survey, 80 percent (47 percent "very" and 33 percent "somewhat") said their employers were accommodating to their needs to balance work and family life. Other surveys show that most working people feel confident about balancing work and family life. In a 2016 Heldrich/Rutgers survey, 28 percent said they were very satisfied and 41 percent somewhat satisfied with their ability to balance work and family. In NORC surveys, around 10 percent consistently say it is very hard to take time off during work to take care of personal or family matters, while a plurality say it is not hard at all.

Most surveys show that most workers think their employers are sensitive to their needs to balance work and family life. Pew survey data show that employed mothers of children under age 18 tend to find the balance harder than employed fathers of young children. More working mothers than working fathers say being a parent has made it harder to advance in their career or that they have passed up a job opportunity to allow more time to care for their children.

* How often would you say you feel torn between the demands of your job and wanting to spend more time with your family?

                Frequently  Sometimes  Rarely at all

Jun. 1989  NYT  28%         34%        30%

* How often do you feel torn between the demands of your job and the desire to spend more time with your family?

                                 Responses of employed women
                     Very often  Sometimes  Never

Oct. 1989  Time/CNN  32%         43%        23%

* How often do you feel torn between meeting commitments to your job and meeting commitments to your family?

                             Very often  Fairly often  Not too often

Sep.-Oct. 1994  Mass Mutual  23%         24%           36%

Note: Sample is employed adults.

* Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statement: My supervisor accommodates me when I have family and personal business to take care of.

              Agree  Disagree

1997  Harris  94%    6%

* Now, I'd like to find out how satisfied you are with different aspects of your job. Please tell me whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied with it... The ability to balance work and family.

                                  Very       Somewhat
                                  satisfied  satisfied

Aug. 1998       Heldrich-Rutgers  53%        34%
Jul.-Aug. 1999  Heldrich-Rutgers  51         32
Nov. 2009       Heldrich-Rutgers  40         40
Jan. 2013 (^)   Heldrich-Rutgers  25         32
Aug. 2016 (*^)  Heldrich-Rutgers  28         41

                Neither satisfied  Somewhat      Very
                nor dissatisfied   dissatisfied  dissatisfied

Aug. 1998        3%                 6%           3%
Jul.-Aug. 1999   5                  8            4
Nov. 2009        4                 11            5
Jan. 2013 (^)   22                 15            7
Aug. 2016 (*^)  16                  9            3

Note: Samples are employed adults. (*) Question wonding was "How
satisfied with your ability to balance work and family?" (^) Online
panel survey.

* How accommodating is your employer to the need to balance work and family?

           Very           Somewhat       Not very       Not at all
           accommodating  accommodating  accommodating  accommodating

2000  PSB  47%            33%            8%             8%

* How often do the demands of your job interfere with your family life?

                Often  Sometimes  Rarely  Never

2002      NORC  12%    27%        33%     28%
2006 (*)  NORC  11     31         30      28
2010      NORC  15     29         32      24
2012      NORC  13     29         31      26
2014 (^)  NORC  13     35         28      24

Note: Samples are employed adults. … 
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