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Summer Causing Child-Care Stress for Professionals with Kids

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During these dog days of summer, some professionals with children are having increased difficulty achieving work-life effectiveness.

A Korn Ferry survey of 223 professionals found that 68% said their kids are harder to manage than their employees.

The survey showed that the summer holiday does affect professionals who have kids at home, with nearly half (46%) saying they or their spouse alter their work hours to care for children, and 49% said they take turns with their spouse to stay at home with the kids.

Nearly a third (30%) said they are forced to take unexpected time off in the summer because of child-care issues. 11% said they occasionally bring their children to work to avoid day-care dilemmas, and more than a quarter (26%) said they work from home more in the summer.

The good news is that more than half of the respondents (54%) say their workplace accommodates flexible schedules to help with child-care issues, and 84% said their bosses are supportive of the need to sometimes alter schedules in the summer to care for kids.

“Every working parent knows that it is sometimes difficult to juggle home and work responsibilities,” said Jill Wiltfong, Korn Ferry chief marketing officer. “With this incredibly tight labor market, it’s incumbent upon employers to give employees the latitude to be good parents so they in turn can be engaged, effective and loyal professionals.”

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