{Study} Parental leave and return to work: #ParentsComingBack

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How does the successful re-entry into parental leave into the working world succeed? Who takes care of the child? These and other questions parents face before re-entering the job. The Monster Survey provides insight into the fears and expectations of the interviewed parents.

{Study} Parental leave and return to work: #ParentsComingBack

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Parental leave has become established

The positive message in advance: The parental leave has established itself among the Germans. According to the results of a representative survey by Monster, 71 percent of respondents say:

Parents are welcome back! Despite this finding, more than half of the respondents fear that they will face difficulties in getting started. Only 14 percent do not see any problems with their coming back.

This is how the smooth reentry works

Most parents have the same uncertainties: Do I get support from my employer? Are there any new developments or changes in the operation? Will I get back to work and routine quickly? How am I perceived by my colleagues after my return?

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These doubts are also reflected in the results of the survey. Around 51 percent of respondents complain that they do not have flexible working hours after their return to work. Another 38 percent think that their colleagues fear that they will have to step in with the child as a replacement in case of an emergency and have to work overtime. Overall, the support of the employer is limited, because 43 percent rated the support as too low.

Contact care is important

To facilitate the start, the contact with colleagues during the break should be maintained. For example, by attending a visit with a child, continuing to take part in company events such as the Christmas party or the collegiate meeting. In addition, a return interview with the employer should be conducted.

Here, questions about working time, the changes in the job and the different ideas can be adjusted to avoid inconsistencies in the run-up. Another tip for getting started is to be able to use a working social network of friends, family or relatives.

The reality check

Even men are allowed to take care of their newborn - for 39 percent of respondents, this applies fully and 30 percent find that the father should return earlier than the mother back into the job. This also shows a reality check: Although women as well as men are legally entitled to up to three years parental leave, in many Company only two months off for the fathers.

Most women want to return to work as soon as possible and usually take 12 months parental leave. After the resolution: The shorter, the less harmful for the career. As we know, long breaks can have a negative impact on your career.

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Safe income is important

Basically, 76% of parents return to work for a second income, at least 35 percent call it a reason to do their job, and 29 percent yearn to talk to adults again. The women's part-time rate has doubled since 1991, and the number of men has quadrupled.

However, more women than men work part-time after the break and mostly pay 60 to 80 percent of their previous hours. Often, however, women feel this, as they are given less responsibility and, consequently, less complex tasks after re-entry. In addition, the opportunity to rise as a mother in the job is reduced.

Obstacles to coming back

The parents are responsible for this, pronounce 21 percent of respondents, as they would put themselves too much pressure. Around 16 percent cite as a reason the supervisor and every tenth pushes the buck to the colleagues, which complicate a smooth return. Just under a third of those involved attribute a difficult start after parental leave to the combination of all problems.

At the end, there is still a reason to be happy, because only five percent of parents think that they do not reconcile family and work - so a clear majority assumes that they have mastered the entry into the new phase of life and their family and job under one roof to get.

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* The data used is based on an online survey of YouGov Deutschland GmbH, in which 2.032 people participated between the 28.06.2017 and 30.06.2017. The results were weighted and are representative of the German population from 18 years.

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