About 30% of working fathers feel alienated from children: poll

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About 30% of working fathers feel alienated from children: poll

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Nearly one third of Taiwanese fathers feel they are alienated from their children because they don't spend enough time with them during the week, according to a yes123 online job bank survey released Tuesday.

The poll on the pressures facing working fathers and their career planning reveals that 14.8 percent do not even have dinner with their children, while 30.2 percent said the alienation has been caused by extended working hours and overtime.

Among those polled, 74.2 percent said they spend more than nine hours in the office a day, while 18.4 percent admitted that they practically spend no time with their children during a work week.

Meanwhile, the survey also found that 84.3 percent said their salary "was not enough" to cover their expenses, while 39.3 percent said they are the sole breadwinner in the family.

Yes123 spokesman Yang Tsung-bin (楊宗斌) said the survey shows that working fathers find it difficult to strike a balance between work and family, especially in a culture where overtime is expected as in Taiwan.

Yang urged corporate businesses to create a friendlier working environment for working fathers to alleviate their work stress and give them more time to spend with their family.

The online poll, which was conducted from July 11-24 among working men who have children, collected 1,166 valid samples. It has a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.87 percentage points.

(By Chiu Po-sheng and Ko Lin)

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