Work_family Is a Delicate Balance

May 1, 1994
Today's work force must perform delicate balancing acts between their job duties and their family responsibilities. Many of the work/family experts whom we talked with for the article have conducted extensive surveys on this topic. Following are some of their results.

  • Percent of surveyed companies that had 100 or more employees using flexible work arrangements: 39%
  • Percent of companies that had formal policies or guidelines for some type of flexible work arrangements: 60%
  • Percent of all wage and salaried workers who have children under 18 living at home: 42%
  • Percent of employees who have responsibility for the special care of and attention to an adult 18 or over who is disabled or elderly: 8%
  • Percent of parents who mention finding high-quality child care as their biggest child-care concern: 63%
  • Percent of employees who have children under 13 who are willing to trade salary and other benefits for on- or near-site child care: 37%
  • Percent of workers who are younger than 25, have children and are willing to sacrifice education/careers/jobs for family life: 60%
  • Percent of employees citing effect on personal/family life as very important in deciding to take a job: 60%
  • Percent of employees citing family-supportive policies as very important in deciding to take a job: 46%
  • Percent of employed parents who indicated that they didn't have enough time with their children: 66%
  • Percent of men who provide elder care: 44%
  • A survey of IBM workers found that overall employees rate work-balance issues as sixth of 16 factors in staying with the company.
  • A 1992 study at Waste Management Inc., which offers parenting support groups, found that among those employees who attended the training, benefits usage decreased by 50%.
  • Waste Management realized a savings of $1,600 for each employee who attended parenting support groups.
  • In 1992, elder care represented 10% of research-and-referral cases.
  • In 1994, elder care represented 25% of research-and-referral cases.
  • Child-related special services, such as adoption and special-needs programs, are up more than 50% from 1992.

Personnel Journal, May 1994, Vol.73, No. 5, p. 82.