BookmarkBookmarkTickBookmarkAddCheckBoxFilledCheckBoxCircleBumpCheckedFilledMedical

Study: Parents Work Longer Hours Than Non-Parents Amid Recession Fears

Despite working longer hours than non-parents, caregivers report being more concerned about reduced benefits, lower salaries and job loss.
save article
profile picture of Wyndi Kappes
By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated March 28, 2023
mother wearing baby in wrap while working on laptop at home
Image: Ground Picture | Shutterstock

Despite a reported 311,000 jobs added in February, the tech industry’s recent layoffs and small bank instability continue to stoke fears of recession and increase anxiety around job security. For working parents who have mouths to feed and dependents to care for, the pressure to prove their worth and keep their jobs can be especially intense.

A new survey by Justworks set out to understand just how working parents are dealing with these recession fears. The Harris Poll surveyed 2,026 US adults, including 1,099 full or part-time employees, about their work habits and concerns.

The results reveal that working parents are more worried than their childless peers about recession-related issues like a worsening company culture, reduced benefits, lower salaries, longer work hours and job loss.

In fact, 54 percent of working parents have changed their behavior at work to avoid being laid off, compared to 40 percent of employees without kids under 18. One of the most noticeable ways this shows up is through working longer hours. Around 40 percent of working parents reported working longer hours because of their fears about the recession, compared to 31 percent of employees without children under 18.

The study also found that 72 percent of working parents are actively looking for new job opportunities or are open to them, compared to 61 percent of employees without kids under 18. However, many worry that the jobs they are searching for might not be out there. Fifty-five percent of parents agree that they have fewer job opportunities available to them in this economic environment, compared to 47 percent of employees without children under 18.

The findings lead to important implications for how companies and organizations can support parents during these difficult times. By recognizing the unique challenges faced by working parents and providing resources and benefits like flexible work arrangements, counseling services or paid family leave, companies can help ease their worries and create a more supportive work environment.

save article
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List
ADVERTISEMENT

Next on Your Reading List

Victoria Monét and two-year-old daughter Hazel Monét Gaines celebrate their Grammy nominations by indulging in Jimmy John’s Red Velvet Cookies while preparing for the awards show on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California
Victoria Monét and Daughter—The Grammy’s Youngest Nominee—Make History
By Wyndi Kappes
allison holker and family
Allison Holker Boss on Dancing, Resilience and Finding Her New Normal
By Nehal Aggarwal
mom sitting at table at home thinking and pondering
I Was an Accidental SAHM—and I’m Done Feeling Guilty About It
By Kristen Bringe
ADVERTISEMENT
Kristin Davis at the New York Pemiere of "And Just Like That..." A New Chapter of Sex and The City held at MoMA on December 8, 2021 in New York City
Why Moms Are Loving Charlotte's ‘and Just Like That’ Monologue
By Wyndi Kappes
78 Percent of Moms Are Overwhelmed by Pumping at Work
78 Percent of Moms Are Overwhelmed by Pumping at Work
By Wyndi Kappes
mother holding sleeping baby at home
Caregiving Reduces Mom's Lifetime Earnings by 15 Percent, Report Says
By Wyndi Kappes
mother working on laptop while holding baby
These Are the Best States for Working Moms in 2023
By Wyndi Kappes
ADVERTISEMENT
working mother sitting at home with baby and breast pump
What the PUMP Act Means for Working Parents
By Wyndi Kappes
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hugs his daughter Poppy on the ninth hole during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2023, in Augusta, Georgia
Kids Take the Masters by Storm Dressed as Adorable Caddies
By Wyndi Kappes
P!nk attends the 2022 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
Balancing Acts: Pink Shares Her Journey as a Rockstar Mom
By Wyndi Kappes
ADVERTISEMENT
Sanya Richards Ross and family
Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross on Motherhood and Finding Balance
By Nehal Aggarwal
Reps. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., Andy Kim, D-N.J., left, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., conduct a news conference to announce the Congressional Dads Caucus outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, January 26, 2023
Congress’ New Dads Caucus Advocates for Working Parents
By Wyndi Kappes
Shonda Rhimes attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Shonda Rhimes Shares the Secret Behind How She Does It All
By Wyndi Kappes
ADVERTISEMENT
MommiNation founders talking at fundraiser event
How MommiNation Is Helping to Empower a Community of Black Moms
By Jen Hayes Lee
Rihanna is seen outside the Dior show, during Paris Fashion Week - Womenswear F/W 2022-2023, on March 01, 2022 in Paris, France
Rihanna Says Being a Mom Pushed Her to Perform at the Super Bowl
By Wyndi Kappes
mother working from home with baby on lap
New Report Explores if Remote Work Is Really Working for Parents
By Wyndi Kappes
wood desk at the texas state capitol
Moms Are Largely Missing From the Law-Making Arena, New Report Reveals
By Wyndi Kappes
ADVERTISEMENT
pregnant woman working from home at desk in bedroom
Remote Work May Have Led to a Mini Baby Boom, Study Says
By Wyndi Kappes
gabrielle union and dwyane wade smiling with their daughter
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Champion Community at Home and Work
By Ashlee Neuman
Amanda Kloots and her son, Elvis
Amanda Kloots Talks About Life as a Single Mom and Multi-Hyphenate
By Lauren Kay
ADVERTISEMENT
Article removed.