Women continue to feel the tug of war between the office and home, wishing for more time to balance both. One in four (25 percent) of working moms 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 at least four hours of quality time each day. However, nearly three in ten reported they get to spend two hours or less with their children each day.
Two hours or less per day – 22 percent
One hour or less per day – 6 percent
Four hours or more – 51 percent
“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,”explains Gurion.
What can working moms do to find a better work/life balance?
1. Go in with a game plan – The vast majority of working moms who have taken advantage of flexible work arrangements said it hasn’t negatively impacted their careers, so talk to your supervisor or HR department and explore options. It’s best to be prepared-- come to that conversation with a game plan on how you can manage workload, cover responsibilities, etc.
2. Keep an “I’m Fabulous” file – Keep track of all of your accomplishments within the organization, quantifying results whenever possible, and list out the additional responsibilities you have taken on in the last year. It helps you to build your case when negotiating for a better salary or consideration for promotion with your employer.
3. Get organized – Structure in your life will save you time, stress and mental energy. Keep one calendar for business and family commitments to avoid double booking. Set up a schedule for chores, homework, family activities and playtime.
4. Remember quality over quantity – Make the most of your personal time. When you’re home, it’s all about them. Wait until after the children go to bed before checking email or finishing up that presentation.
5. Schedule “Me Time” – Working moms need to take care of themselves too. Put actual time on the calendar for an hour or more of doing something you enjoy such as going to the gym, taking a walk, reading, etc.