Canadian parents satisfied with work-life balance

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A recent Stats Canada survey has revealed that employers across the country are definitely getting something right after the majority of working parents said they’re satisfied with their work-life balance.

Released yesterday, the survey results show that an incredible 75 per cent of parents who work full-time are either satisfied or very satisfied with their arrangements and fifteen per cent said they were indifferent.

In contrast, just eight per cent admitted they were dissatisfied and a meagre one per cent said they were very dissatisfied.

While there is still a tangible discrepancy between moms and dads, it does appear that the gap is closing as 72 per cent of mothers said they were satisfied or very satisfied – just six per cent less than the 78 per cent of fathers who said the same.

An increasing percentage of Canadian men are taking on greater roles raising children and doing household chores but women still spend more time in both of these areas – they’re also more likely to be caregivers for ill or aging relatives.

Unsurprisingly, the study revealed that flexible work schedules can improve a parent’s satisfaction when it comes to their work-life balance. According to the survey, 79 per cent of employees who can adjust their own hours were satisfied or very satisfied with their balance compares to 23 per cent of those who can’t.

Interestingly, the survey also showed that career type and compensation actually have little effect on the satisfaction levels parents have with their work-life balance.

The balance isn’t so easily achieved, however, when parents have very young children at home – those with at least one child under five were less likely to report being satisfied (72 per cent) than those with children over the age of 5 (77 per cent.)

Among parents with at least one young child, 75 per cent of fathers reported that they were satisfied with their work–life balance, compared with 68 per cent of mothers.

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