Survey: Two-in-Five New Dads Didn’t Take Any Paternity Leave

Chicago — June 14

Is work keeping new dads from maximizing their paternity leave? According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 43 percent who had a child in the last three years reported they didn’t take any paternity leave.

For those working dads who took some but not the full allotted time off, 47 percent said they felt pressured by work to come back early. Of those who took some paternity leave, 59 percent took one week or less, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Father’s Day survey.

Across various categories, the stress of prolonged economic uncertainty post-recession appears to have affected more working fathers’ balance between professional and family life.

Bringing work home: More than one-third of working dads — 36 percent — reported they bring home work from the office, up from 27 percent in 2008.

Likelihood of being a stay-at-home dad: Thirty-five percent of working dads said if their spouse or partner made enough money to support the family, they would consider trading their careers for a role of staying home with the kids, down from 37 percent in 2008.

Willingness to take pay cut: While working dads want to spend more time with their families, the number of dads willing to take a pay cut to do so dropped since the recession. Thirty-three percent of working dads reported they would take a pay cut if it meant they have more quality time at home, down from 37 percent in 2008.

The survey also found that 22 percent of fathers say their work has negatively affected relationships with their children, and 26 percent said work negatively affected relationships with significant others.

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of among 729 working dads of kids 18 and under living in household (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government) ages 18 and over between Feb. 9 and March 2.

Source: CareerBuilder