Forgotten American Fathers
Historically, the focus has swayed towards working
mothers – with fathers too often being excluded
from the conversation – but men should be able to
take more time off to bond with their new-born and
adjust to their whole new reality together as a family.
Our research, however, shows fathers are coming up
against significant barriers:
●● 65% of men experienced a significant gap between
workplace messaging and reality compared to 48%
●● 63% of men think taking an extended parental
leave hurts their career, compared to 49%
●● 61% think their career has slowed down in
comparison to colleagues without children
compared to 50% of women
●● 65% of men have experienced working parent guilt,
compared to 62% of women
It’s clear that more needs to be done by US
businesses to champion working dads. With the
right support, the relationship between parenthood
and professional success can be mutually beneficial
– while employers have a crucial role to play in
supporting employees throughout – and beyond –
their transition to parenthood.
We often talk about the penalties brought by
motherhood, but it’s time we start talking about – and
addressing – the fatherhood penalty too. Extending
parental leave is just one way of doing this.
Teresa Hopke is the CEO of Talking
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of wanting successful careers and being devoted
fathers, experiencing the same difficulties that women
have encountered for generations when it comes to
balancing work and children.
Therefore, we’re championing paid time off for all
– which would allow men to bond with their babies
and support new mothers, while promoting gender
equality. Currently, just 29% of US companies give
employees any kind of paid paternity leave, and our
research has found only 32% of men take all of the
leave available to them.
Organizations need to do more to support working
parents. Nobody should have to choose between
being good at their job and being a good parent – but
there’s a long way to go to help working parents strike
the right balance.
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