Most Fathers Struggle to Balance Work, Family Life

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For Father’s Day in Taiwan tomorrow, local job website yes123 conducted a survey of fathers in the workplace and found that 40.4% of fathers in Taiwan are the sole breadwinners in the family. 70.1% of fathers surveyed said they could not balance work and family life.

On average, fathers in the workplace have gone 3.4 years without a raise. More than 80% of respondents said that the pay was not enough to support a family; they also noted that the workload and work-related stress were too much. 69.6% of respondents said that their entire monthly salary was spent on family expenses with none remaining.

The survey also found that 42% of respondents claimed to have no expendable income for themselves. They worked on average 9.5 hours per day with 2.4 days of overtime per week. 21.5% said they work overtime at least five days per week; 77.1% of fathers said they worked more than 9.7 hours of overtime per week.

According to the survey, children spend 69 minutes per day with their fathers and are able to have a meal together three days per week on average. Working overtime was considered the reason for the lack of family time. 28% of fathers surveyed said they felt “alienated” from their children.

68.8% of those surveyed said that they suffered “physical and mental stress, but it is manageable,” while 23% said they could not manage the stress.

The survey results showed that 44.8% felt that “the pressure was equally big”; 32% felt that “the pressure caused by the business was greater”; 23.2% felt that “the family and the family Resulting in greater pressure. ”

70.2% of fathers said that family stress affected their performance at work.

If their wives’ income were higher than their own, 58.9% of respondents said it would put pressure on the them to earn more. However, if their wives’ income were enough to provide for the family, 63% said they would be willing to be a househusband. 88.2% said they would help the family at home, but only 33.7% said they would be able to cook.

The online survey was conducted between July 19 and July 31, 2017, with 1188 users responding.

According to Ministry of Labor statistics, there were 6,300,000 men and 5,037,000 women in the workforce in June of this year. The ministry does not provide the number of married men and women or those with children in the workforce.

At the end of July, it was reported that financial firms in Taiwan offered incentives for employees to get married and have children, with paternity and maternity leave exceeding the national standard.

Taiwan celebrates Father’s Day on August 8 because the Chinese word for father (爸爸, Bàba) is a homonym for 8/8 (八八, Bābā).

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