Survey: 38% of working parents say they’ve missed a child’s major event over the past year

38% of working parents said they’ve “missed a significant event in their child’s life due to work in the last year.” But that’s not all: 21% of working parents said that they’ve missed a minimum of three for the same reason.

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Sometimes, working parents have to make sacrifices when it comes to their kids.

Recent CareerBuilder research found that 38% of working parents said they’ve “missed a significant event in their child’s life due to work in the last year.” But that’s not all: 21% of working parents said that they’ve missed a minimum of three for the same reason. But still, 78% of respondents agree that you can be both a parent and a good employee and 7% have even indicated “their parent skills/experience on their resume or cover letter.”

The Harris Poll surveyed 1,012 American, adult, full-time workers who don’t work for the government or themselves.

The impact that work has on employed parents’ lives

While 46% of working parents report that they haven’t “taken advantage of flexible working arrangements,” those who say they have done so (54%) had some pretty lukewarm results. Just 12% say it’s helped their career and under 40% (37%) were neutral.

Although 66% of working parents say that they spend a minimum of three hours with their kids daily, 18% say that their jobs are hurting their romantic relationships.

While 24% reported that their kids have approached them about spending less time at work, 51% think “they feel equally successful in their role at work and as a parent.”

But 65% of working parents (66% of moms and 65% of dads) agreed that they would not want to take a pay cut if it meant that they could “spend more time with their kids.” Still, 23% said their jobs are diminishing the connections they have with them.

Jennifer Grasz, vice president of corporate communications for CareerBuilder, commented on the research in a statement.

“Work-life balance is certainly a struggle for all professionals, but we see workers moving past the idea that they have to give something up and that the sacrifice of either a career or parenting must be made,” she said. “Promoting a balance should be important to employers, too. When employees feel a greater sense of control and ownership over their own lives, they tend to have better relationships with coworkers, be more productive and are able to leave work issues at work and home issues at home.”

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.