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New Study: The Majority of Working Moms Believe in Having It All

Can working moms “have it all”? They seem to think so. According to a new Mother’s Day survey from CareerBuilder.ca, 70 per cent of female workers believe they can achieve success in both their career and parenthood.

The study also revealed that 41 per cent of working moms are the sole financial providers for their households, compared to 56 per cent of men. The survey also looked at the differences between working moms and working dads, including the following:

  • Women are more likely than men to report conflicts between work and parenthood. Thirty-three per cent of working moms say they have been asked to work less by at least one of their children, compared to 27 per cent of working dads who said the same. Women are also more likely than men to feel their work has negatively affected their relationship with their children (38 per cent of women versus 34 per cent of men).
  • For some, a high salary doesn’t compare to the price of quality time with family. Forty-four per cent of working moms and 40 per cent of working dads said they would be willing to take a pay cut to spend more time with their children. Only 23 per cent of working moms would be unwilling to take a pay cut, as opposed to 34 per cent of working dads who said the same. Twenty-six per cent of working dads and 33 per cent of working moms were unsure.
  • ve from the workforce should the right circumstances present themselves. Nearly 2 in 5 working moms (38 per cent) said they were “somewhat” or “very” likely to leave their job if their spouse or significant other made enough money for the family to live comfortably, as opposed to 27 per cent of working dads who said the same.

Tips for Creating a Better Work/Life Balance

“Traditionally, men have been expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but the dynamic has shifted. Today, 41 per cent of working moms are their family’s sole financial providers,” said Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer for CareerBuilder Global and working mom. “While the vast majority believe it’s possible to ‘have it all’ in terms of career and children, maintaining a healthy balance between the two can still be a struggle at times.”

Haefner offered the following tips for working parents to create a better work/life balance:

  • Don’t be a slave to the traditional 9-to-5: Get more flexibility in your schedule with an alternative work arrangement. Ask your manager about options like flextime, telecommuting or working remotely.
  • Say yes to “no:” You can’t be everything to everyone all the time. Know what your priorities are and don’t be afraid to say no to things that will interfere with those priorities.
  • Make time for yourself: You’re no good to anyone if you’re not taking care of yourself. Schedule time each day dedicated to relaxing and recharging.

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