Back in 2012, Millennial men in a Wharton school study expressed skepticism about becoming future fathers, saying they believed the demands of modern jobs made it unlikely that family lives could fit with work. Five years later it seems they are indeed having children, they’re just adjusting the ground rules to make work fit their lives.
Working fathers, it turns out, are employers’ newest employee retention problem. Though conflicts between jobs and parenting have long been considered a woman’s issue, young dads on both sides of the Atlantic are beginning to express similar frustrations. And the result is a generation of men talking with their feet.
Parental leave announcements have become like a competitive sport; every day, a shiny, new one comes along with a new-and-improved spin to one-up others in the field. The announcements have gotten a lot of press. Trouble is, there’s question about what these offerings really mean.
Gender bias is creeping into employee reviews. A new study shows it affects both working mothers and fathers — albeit in different ways.
Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy was recently asked by a reporter on NECN television whether he thought working parents’ worries reported in our Modern Family Index – fears they’d be viewed negatively at work after a child – were well founded. One answer can be found in a personal narrative offered by one of our Solutions at Work blog readers.
Acting awards have little to do with the things most of us do on a daily basis. But Ryan Gosling spoke for working parents everywhere when he thanked Eva Mendes for taking care of the couple’s children (among other responsibilities) while he was working.
Why do people assume new parents will make bad employees? Why are colleagues so wary? Why, if managers believe that working parents are among the best performers, are parents simultaneously feeling downgraded as second rate? The answer, it may turn out, is that employees without children aren’t feeling supported either.
Dear Santa…if we can’t have a puppy, can we at least get an empty inbox or a week without meetings? What employees really want this Christmas.
Why on-site child care? Let Working Mother tell you. “One way great companies have found to make going to work easier on parents and their kids is by providing some sort of onsite daycare or childcare.”
When employees use their own resources to try and maintain work/life balance, they often become unable to focus and do their jobs well. Read and learn one employer’s story.