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You Can Have More Free Time, Unless You’re Taking Care Of Your Kids

Nobody needed to tell Diane Keaton that there’s a problem. | ©United Artists/Everett Collection

Since 2005, the number of companies allowing employees to work some paid hours from home jumped from 34% to 63%, and 77% of workers now have flexible starting and quitting times. The catch: More flexibility has translated to less time for family responsibilities.

Companies allowing career breaks for family responsibilities:

2005
75%

TODAY
52%

Average maximum job-guaranteed maternity leave, in weeks:

2005
15.2

TODAY
14.2

Women receiving full pay during maternity leave:

2005
17%

TODAY
9%

WHY

"Anything that costs money has been reduced, but employers want to keep the people they have. And employees want flexibility now, almost more than money."
—Ellen Galinksy, president and cofounder of the Families and Work Institute

A version of this article appeared in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.

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