Minnesota: A Top State For ‘Work From Home’ Dads
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic flipped our country upside down and changed the workforce in ways we’ve never seen before. For a lot of people, it either put them out of work or forced them to work from home. That included a lot of fathers.
I know some people enjoy it because, of course, there are benefits to it. You don’t have to worry about commuting to work, putting wear and tear on your car, you spend less money on gas, and you get to see your kids more. Which also means not paying for daycare. Plus, if you were not a big fan of people you worked with at your place of employment, you don’t have to deal with them nearly as often.
Others don't like working from home. That's the case for me. It can be harder to get motivated and more distractions, especially if you have kids. It’s a different environment, and some of us do better when we are at work.
I’m glad I didn’t have to work from home. I can do it, but it would not work for me as much. I don’t have the best equipment I need for my job. Sure, give me a laptop with the appropriate software, and I can do my job at home. But, for me, it’s like having a small, basic tool kit when you're trying to work on a car.
Whether you like working from home or not, if you're a dad that has to work from home, Minnesota is one of the best states to do it in. Wallethub did a study on fathers working from home while raising children.
The categories they factored in were: Child Care, Economic & Social Well-Being, Life/Work Balance, and Health. Minnesota ranks #2 in the nation. The entire Upper Midwest was pretty high on the list. Be proud Minnesota, and Happy Father's Day!