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.