Responsibilities of parents nearly double amid COVID-19 pandemic

A recent survey suggests working parents have taken on an additional 28 hours a week of household chores and childcare during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, the survey indicated women have taken on a disproportionate share of the increased workload. With previous studies suggesting mothers already took care of the majority of household chores and duties related to children: 35 hours per week before the pandemic compared with 25 hours weekly by fathers, the workload has increased even more. Since schools, daycares, and many workplaces closing in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, women have reported spending approximately 65 hours per week on caring for children and household chores while men have reported a total of 50 hours per week.

The survey focused on 3,055 working parents living in the U.S., U.K, Germany, Italy, and France. It was conducted by Boston Consulting Group from March 20th through April3 rd and excluded working parents who were furloughed.

Results of the survey noted the only country surveyed where men reported adding more hours in these areas than women was Germany. Researchers noted as the concluded the survey that the added workload placed on mothers not only adds stress to the women directly, but also creates challenges for employers. This can be measured, according to researchers, in short-term productivity and also in representation and advancement for women if their demands in those areas outside of work exceed that of their male counterparts.

Nearly half of the working parents surveyed by the consulting group said their ability to perform their work duties has also decreased as a direct result of the increase in their responsibilities at home. Over a third were worried about their career performance reviews, while most indicated they were concerned regarding their physical and mental well-being.

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