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Work Keeping Dads from Paternity Leave

By Jay Polansky editors@plansponsor.com | June 14, 2012
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June 14, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Work may be keeping new dads from maximizing their paternity leave, a survey suggests.

CareerBuilder’s annual Father’s Day Survey found that two-in-five working dads (43%) who had a child in the last three years reported they did not take any paternity leave.

For those working dads who took some, but not the full allotted time off, 47% said they felt pressured by work to come back early. Of those who took some paternity leave, 59% took one week or less.

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

More than one-third of working dads (36%) reported they bring home work from the office, up from 27% in 2008. Fewer working dads (35%) 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% in 2008.