Roughly three out of four Americans are under instructions to stay home due to the current coronavirus pandemic. As more and more states begin to enact these policies, more workers are finding themselves completing their work from their very own living room. According to a study done on March 12, 52% of employees were asked by their companies to work remotely. With more stay-at-home policies being rolled out throughout March, that percentage is likely much higher now.
There are many people who are accustomed to and know how to be productive while working remotely, but most aren’t used to having their children home with them while they answer emails, take phone calls, and participate in virtual video meetings. Many parents are navigating online learning with their children for the first time.
Every state around the country has some level of school closures due to coronavirus, and overall closures have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools and affected at least 55.1 million students, according to Education Week.
A new survey shows that parents aren’t fairing well when it comes to managing their own workload and taking care of their children at home. More than half of parents surveyed reported they are having trouble getting their work done and taking care of their kids.
Working parents are struggling during the coronavirus outbreak
The survey asked parents one simple questions: “While working from home, have you been able to effectively manage your workload while taking care of your children?”
Overall, 4,293 working parents answered with ‘No’ and 2,616 answered with ‘Yes.’
The survey, done by Fishbowl, a professional social network that connects users through conversations to drive change within the workplace, ran from March 28 to 30 and was answered by verified professionals on the Fishbowl app from companies such as IBM, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Edelman, Ogilvy, and Accenture.
Did the results vary by gender?
You may wonder, did the results of whether parents were able to balance their workload and taking care of their children vary by gender? Well, of course they did.
According to the survey 46.23% of men are able to juggle work and watching children, while only 25.14% of women answered the same way.
Parents in the finance industry are fairing the best with children at home
More than half of working parents from every industry reported that they are having trouble balancing work and home life while confined to their house.
Surprisingly, parents in the finance industry said they were able to manage their workload while taking care of their children most compared to any other industry. Apparently teachers are struggling about as much as parents in other industries to manage their workload while taking care of their children, according to this survey.
Below is a breakdown by industry of parents who agreed with the statement, “I have not been able to manage my workload while working from home and taking care of my children.”
- 67% of parents in the advertising industry agreed
- 67% of parents in the accounting industry agreed
- 64% of parents in the consulting industry agreed
- 62% of parents in the teaching industry agreed
- 55% of parents in the law industry agreed
- 53% of parents in the finance industry agreed