Summer Stress: Professionals Say Their Kids Are Harder to Manage Than Their Employees, According to Korn Ferry Survey
-- Nearly Half Say They Alter Their Work Schedules in the Summer to Care for Kids --
-- More than Half Say Their Employers Accommodate Flexible Schedules --
Editor’s Note: Survey Results at End of Release
The survey showed that the summer holiday does impact professionals who have kids at home, with nearly half (46 percent) saying they or their spouse alter their work hours to care for children, and 49 percent say they take turns with their spouse to stay at home with the kids.
Nearly a third (30 percent) say they are forced to take unexpected time off in the summer due to childcare issues, 11 percent say they occasionally bring their children to work to avoid daycare dilemmas, and more than a quarter (26 percent) say they work from home more in the summer.
The good news is that more than half of the respondents (54 percent) say their workplace does accommodate flexible schedules to help with childcare issues, and 84 percent say their bosses are supportive of the need to sometimes alter schedules in the summer to care for kids.
“Every working parent knows that it is sometimes difficult to juggle
home and work responsibilities,” said
About the Survey
The global survey of 223 professionals across several industries took
Now that school is out, what group would you say is harder to manage?
|My kids||68 percent|
|My employees||32 percent|
If you and your significant other both work outside the home, do you take turns
taking time off in the summer to care for your children?
If you are a single parent or part of couple that both work outside the home, do you
or your spouse alter your hours in the summer to care for your children?
Are you forced to have more unplanned days off due to unexpected childcare
If you have younger children, do you or your spouse work from home more in the
summer to avoid having to find childcare?
Do you occasionally bring your kids to work in the summer to avoid having to find
Does your organization accommodate parents who need flexible schedules in the
summer to transport/care for their children?
If you ask for a flexible schedule in the summer to care for your children, how
supportive is your boss?
|Very supportive||48 percent|
|Somewhat supportive||36 percent|
|Somewhat unsupportive||11 percent|
|Very unsupportive||5 percent|