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Working moms cut back on maternity leave, study says

Wednesday, May 09, 2012  
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The struggle to balance career and family starts in the earliest stages of parenthood, according to CareerBuilder's annual study of working moms. Fully one-fourth of working women who have had a child in the last three years did not take the full maternity leave allowed by their company.

Competitive work environments and demanding positions may be causing more women to reduce their time off from work after delivery, CareerBuilder reported. While most (44 percent) working moms who've had a child in the last three years took more than eight weeks of maternity leave, 12 percent said they took two weeks or less. Forty percent were off work for six weeks or less, according to the national survey of more than 600 working mothers and more than 700 working fathers conducted from Feb. 9 to March 2, 2012.

Financial pressures are playing a key role in how moms are managing time at work, the survey found. Thirty-nine percent of working moms and 43 percent of working dads surveyed reported they are the sole financial provider in their household.

Women continue to feel the tug of war between the office and home, wishing for more time to balance both. One quarter of the working moms polled feel they have to choose between their children and being successful at their jobs. Twenty-four percent reported they have missed three or more significant events in their children's lives in the last year due to work obligations.

When asked how much time they're able to spend with their children during the work week, half of working moms said they average around four hours of quality time each day. However, nearly 30 percent reported they get to spend two hours or less with their children each day.

"As more moms assume the sole or primary breadwinner role in their households, they're feeling increasingly torn between providing financial security for their families and having quality time at home,” said Hope Gurion, chief development officer at CareerBuilder. "The pay disparity between working moms and dads has improved over the years, but is still significant. More working moms are seeking out second jobs to supplement incomes and flexible work arrangements to afford more family time.”


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