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Survey: 68% of workers say children more difficult to manage than employees in the summer

While research has found that 38% of working parents said they’ve missed out on a child’s major event because of work in the past year, new data shows that summer vacation also wreaks havoc on work-life balance.

Research from global organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry reveals that 68% of employees say that their kids are tougher “to manage” during summer break than their workers. Just 32% believe that their employees present more of a challenge during this time.

As for how the research was carried out, 223 “professionals” working in different fields took the international survey.

Asking for a summer “flexible schedule” at work

Respondents weighed in on what it’s like requesting a “flexible schedule” from their supervisor during the summer months to look after their kids. This is how well things go over with their managers, with people reporting that they are:

  • “Very supportive:” 48%
  • “Somewhat supportive:” 36%
  • “Somewhat unsupportive:” 11%
  • “Very unsupportive:” 5%

But while 11% surveyed agreed that they sometimes take the kids to the office in the summer “to avoid having to find childcare,” 89% said they don’t. Still, 30% agreed that they have no choice but to take “more unplanned days off due to unexpected childcare issues,” compared to 70% who don’t.

Korn Ferry Chief Marketing Officer Jill Wiltfon commented on the research in a statement.

“Every working parent knows that it is sometimes difficult to juggle home and work responsibilities. … With this incredibly tight labor market, it’s incumbent upon employers to give employees the latitude to be good parents so they, in turn, can be engaged, effective and loyal professionals.”

More on what it’s like being a working parent in the summer

Overall, 54% say that their company is understanding of parents in need of summer flexibility “to transport/care for their children,” but 46% begged to differ. Additionally, 46% of those who are single parents “or part of a couple that both work outside the home” said that someone in the relationship has changed their hours in the summer because of the kids, but 54% said they have not.

But it seems like most people aren’t forced to work from home because of the same circumstances — just 26% of people (or their partners) with young kids say they do so during the warmer months so they don’t have “to find childcare,” while 74% say they don’t.

Lastly, among those couples who “both work outside the home,” 49% say they alternate “taking time off” for childcare, while 51% say they don’t.

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