Want to be the father of all change at work? Then push for better deals for dads this Father’s Day.
93 percent of fathers with dependent children work, compared to 75 percent of mothers – but only two-thirds of companies offer paternity pay packages for fathers.
a study by workingdads.co.uk found that fathers are facing many of the same issues as working mothers, but often with less understanding of bosses and co-workers.
Two out of five working fathers who applied for flexible work had their requests turned down, while 20 percent felt discrimination against their managers and coworkers with flexible arrangements.
One in ten has even quit his job to find a family-friendly role.
Kishan Jogia is a working father and a home service instructor John Lewis,
Kishan, 42, from Leicester, said: “As a working father, John Lewis has been very supportive of me as my needs have changed over the years.
“I recently returned from equal paternity leave. I had six months of leave, fully paid. Upon my return my hours were phased out so I did 80 percent of my hours for 100 percent of my pay. I’ve got the full support of my manager, which means a lot.”
Andrew Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “Equality, fairness and happiness are the founding principles of the John Lewis Partnership.
“We want to be the UK’s most inclusive business, so we advertise all job vacancies with a flexible working option, unless there is a good reason why this is not possible.”
To help dads find a better work-life balance, two rewards plans are highlighting the top firms for dads to choose from.
Working Dads and Working Mums Top Employer Awards shine a light on understanding employers who are best suited to work around family life
Founder Gillian Nissim says: “These employers show they’ve gone the extra mile to put people at the center of their business model.”
During this. Birmingham Business School’s Equal Parenting Project and Music Football Fatherhood have developed Working Dads Employers Awards to promote gender equality in the workplace.
“More fathers want a more active and current role in family life,” said Elliot Rae of the Music Football Fatherhood.
Be flexible to retain parents
Seven out of ten fathers say they will change jobs if they find a more flexible role, so how can you keep parents already in your workforce, or attract more?
Broadcast data strategist Pete Bassett, father of a two-year-old son, explains how to make #dadlife work the right way.
- Recognize what parents bring to the firm. Becoming a parent enhances your skills, including time management, adapting to big changes and crisis management, just to name a few. I know trying to get my son to put on his shoes feels like I’m learning a whole new conversation skill.
- Offer parental and paternity leave to a good length and encourage fathers to take it. The first few weeks of a baby’s life are crucial. A father who is sure his family is happy will be more focused and productive.
- Encourage senior staff members who are fathers to lead by example. Having a leadership role where men are more open about parenthood demonstrates to their team that they should feel free to do so.
- Provide flexible work arrangements to fathers. The lifting and dropping of the stress around childcare and school is huge, but it can be reduced if dads know they can work extra hours elsewhere to balance it out.
- Create spaces where men can discuss issues as fathers and caregivers. A simple work group can be incredibly helpful because it gives the father a focal point to turn to.
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sharing is Caring
Shared parental leave was introduced in 2015 in an effort to change gender equality – but current figures show that less than eight percent of couples take it.
However, at Aviva, 80 percent of fathers take at least five months of paternity leave, making it one of the UK’s most similar firms.
Danny Harmer, Aviva’s Chief People Officer, said: “Men taking parental leave have a better understanding of the options female coworkers have to balance parenting with their careers.
“It has also inspired our dads at Aviva to change the way they think about responsibilities.”
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man’s best work
dad and dog inseparable? Then man’s best friend can enjoy a day at work.
Next Friday, June 24, is National Action Day – which raises money for animal welfare charities.
With 3.2 million pets purchased during the lockdown, a third of all businesses now have a pet policy, with many welcoming dogs in the office.
Owners are being asked to upload ‘pooch selfies’ on social media using the hashtag @BringYourDogToWorkDay #BringYourDogToWorkDay.
A spokesperson said: “Bringing your dog to work day, along with raising money for a noble cause, will give your employees a boost of joy to be able to work with their best friends for the day.”