Working Parents Want Remote Work After Pandemic, Survey Finds

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In a post-pandemic world, 61% of working parents want remote work full-time, while 37% prefer a hybrid work arrangement, according to a survey commissioned by Additionally, 62% say they would quit their current job if they can’t continue remote work.

Childcare providers aren't what they used to be.
Childcare providers aren’t what they used to be.

Between March and April 2021,, a remote work employment website,  surveyed more than 1,100 parents with children 18 or younger living at home.

While 43% of respondents said their employment situation was unchanged, the majority were impacted in some way due to childcare responsibilities:

  • 21% reduced their hours
  • 16% quit their job but plan to return to the workforce
  • 4% had their partner reduce their hours
  • 2% quit their job and do not plan on returning to the workforce
  • 2% had a partner who quit their job

To keep their remote work arrangements, parents say they are willing to give up other benefits:

  • Some vacation time: 23%
  • Take a 10% pay cut: 19%
  • Work more hours: 17%
  • Health benefits: 16%
  • Employer-matching retirement contributions: 13%

Parents say flexible schedules and working from home full-time have the greatest impact on their ability to manage their professional and childcare responsibilities. When asked what work arrangement would be most helpful, they reported:

  • Flexible schedule (having some control over when you work): 26%
  • Working from home full-time: 25%
  • Allowing my children to be at home during the workday (having a work environment that understands childcare demands): 17%
  • Working from home part-time: 15%
  • Freelancing: 10%
  • Alternative schedule (such as 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. or a 4-day work week): 7%

These work arrangements can make a difference to working parents.

  • 60% of working parents say they have experienced burnout over the last year, compared to 56% of the general population
  • 41% of working parents say their mental health is worse today (compared to before the pandemic), versus 38% of the general population
  • 19% are worried that working remotely has hurt their chances of promotion, but only 14% of the general respondents say the same thing
  • 22% of working parents say they think their skills suffered during the pandemic, compared to 19% of the general population
  • 82% of working parents say work-life balance is the most important factor they consider when evaluating a new job, unlike the general population, which ranks salary (80%) as most important
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