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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Turns out, Father Doesn't Know Best Either!

Posted by: Dyan Eybergen 

Two widely publicized research studies of 2011 concluded that fathers are increasingly finding it more difficult to balance careers and families. The Families and Work Institute stated that men are experiencing a great deal of stress as they strive to have successful careers and be involved in caring for their children. 

Another study, the Pew Research Survey reported that 63 percent of fathers who live with their families think being a dad is a tougher gig now than it was 20 or 30 years ago. True enough! The demands of family life are generally tougher than the generation's before.

The feminist movement herald women could do and have it all and women have been battling work-life balance ever since. Canadian corporations spend more than 6 billion dollars a year on work place absenteeism due to family-related stress issues.  For years women have been advocating for flexible work schedules stating it the solution to higher productivity and lower rates of burn-out. Turns out the same recommendation was made by The Families and Work Institute saying that reducing men’s work week would go a long way in alleviating their stress.   Unfortunately, there were no recommendations that were better than what women having been suggesting all along. Work-life balance is tough act, regardless of gender. 

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