Taiwan’s workplaces not father-friendly enough: poll

According the the poll conducted by the Child Welfare League Foundation, 79 percent of fathers feel that fatherhood is not easy, and 70 percent are worried abut the financial pressure of rearing children.

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA)-As Father’s Day approaches, recently polled fathers in Taiwan feel that the country’s corporate atmosphere is not friendly enough for men in terms of child-rearing and most of them feel it is not easy being a father, according to the survey results released Sunday.

The survey, conducted by the Child Welfare League Foundation to gauge the levels of child-rearing friendliness of businesses, found that the respondents gave only an average of 47 points on a scale from 0-100 for the levels of father-friendliness in Taiwan’s corporations.

The survey found that 59.5 percent did not apply for paternity leave, while 32.5 percent had not applied for workplace measures for child-rearing support.

Meanwhile, 31.2 percent had not applied for child-care leave due to financial pressure and 21.6 percent of them had not applied for this because their companies did not have such a measure in place.

The poll shows that 79 percent of fathers feel that fatherhood is not easy, and 70 percent are worried abut the financial pressure of rearing children.

It also found that 93.3 percent had sacrificed time with their kids for work, while 91.3 have failed to share family chores or childcare with their wives because of work, and 88.4 percent said they find it hard to interact with their kids because they are usually exhausted after work.

The survey also revealed that what fathers do most often for their children is paying bills (76 percent), doing leisure activities with them (68.3 percent), setting rules to discipline their kids (67.6 percent) and repairing household appliances (60 percent).

For these contributions, respondents gave themselves an average of 73.8 points in raising kids.

The poll was conducted between May 8 and June 8 among fathers in Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung by randomly distributing questionnaires, collecting 884 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 98 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.