Survey: Working Moms More Content With Jobs Than Dads
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, working moms tend to be more content in their jobs overall, despite earning less than male counterparts. Seventy-eight percent of working moms report they are happy in their current roles at work compared with 73 percent of working dads.

“Moms and dads are on a 24-hour shift, seven days a week,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder and a working mom. “The skills you develop as a parent to teach, troubleshoot, manage multiple priorities and arbitrate are very transferable to corporate environments. If you’re a parent getting back into the workforce or first joining it, incorporate what you learned from those work experiences at home.”

Also, research found that a majority of employers (65 percent) believe that parenting can qualify as relevant experience for the workplace. Check out the top work-related skills that employers say people acquire as parents include:

Multi-tasking: 64 percent
Time Management: 58 percent
Conflict management: 49 percent
Problem-Solving Skills: 48 percent
Mentoring: 40 percent
Budgeting and Managing Finances: 34 percent
Negotiation: 33 percent
Project management: 25 percent

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.