Employers say being a parent prepares many employees for the workforce.
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While changing diapers and getting your kids to finish their dinners might not seem like they help you on the job, they do.
Being a mom or dad is a full-time job in itself, and the majority of employers believe that parenting can qualify as relevant experience for the workplace, according to a new study from CareerBuilder. Aside from patience, the top work-related skills that employers said parents acquire include:
- Time management
- Conflict management
- Budgeting and managing finances
- Project management
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said moms and dads are on a 24-hour shift, seven days a week.
"The skills you develop as a parent to teach, troubleshoot, manage multiple priorities and arbitrate are very transferable to corporate environments," Haefner said. "If you're a parent getting back into the workforce or first joining it, incorporate what you learned from those work experiences at home."
The survey also revealed some differences between moms and dads in the workforce. Overall, the study revealed that 31 percent of working moms and 37 percent of working dads are the only breadwinners for their households. While these working moms and dads who are sole financial providers were equally likely to work in a management position, more of the men reported holding a senior management role, such as a CEO, chief financial officer or senior vice president.
The research also found significant differences in the proportion of men and women in other job levels. For example, working dads who are the sole breadwinners were nearly twice as likely to hold a professional or technical role, while working moms who are the sole breadwinners were twice as likely to report working in an administrative or clerical position.
Additionally, the study revealed that working dads who are the sole breadwinners tended to make more money. The dads were four times as likely to earn six figures, while working moms who are the sole breadwinners were nearly twice as likely to earn less than $35,000.
Both working moms and dads continue to struggle with juggling professional and personal commitments. The research found that 26 percent of both genders are dissatisfied with their work-life balance.
"While sentiments around work-life balance are improving with the advent of flexible work arrangements and telecommuting, it is something working moms and dads will continue to chase after," Haefner said.
The study was based on surveys of 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals, including 453 working moms and 375 working dads who had kids 18 and under living in their households.
Originally published on Business News Daily.