How Working Parents Cope With Burnout

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-29-2015 Email

Nearly all working parents have experienced burnout, and most of them say the situation has led to troubling health-related consequences, according to a recent survey from Bright Horizons. The resulting "Modern Family Index 2015" report reveals that managers remain relatively clueless about the extent of the problem. In fact, most of them dismiss burnout among parents as "avoidable." And they maintain an overly inflated sense of how well they cultivate a culture that supports work/life balance. "Working parents are a critical employee demographic," according to the report. "They make up a large percentage of the workforce; they often hold key positions; and as a result, they have the collective ability to substantially impact bottom lines. Yet … there is a surprising disconnect between managers and their workforces, and that behind closed doors many working mothers and fathers are quietly nursing costly dissatisfaction at work." As for how to address the situation? CIOs and other managers could start with open communications policies, because most working parents are currently reluctant to bring up discussions about work or stress overload. Which means it's key to take proactive steps to let these staffers know that it's OK to talk about the issues, and then work together on corrective measures. An estimated 1,000 U.S. working parents and 525 managers took part in the research, which was conducted by Kelton Global.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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