Employers, and specifically organizational leaders, play a critical role in creating supportive or un-supportive workplace cultures. Today, our research and that of others in the field suggests there continues to be a significant lag in employers’ understanding of the experiences, wants, and needs of contemporary fathers. There are a few key things that employers can do.
Engaging men in these conversations and implementing the outlined policies can benefit not only fathers, but all employees in the organization, by promoting the view of workers as “whole persons.” While fathers make up approximately half of the worlds parents, they comprise over 85% of Fortune 500 Executive Officers in the U.S. (Catalyst, 2013). Their role in the work-life conversation is critical to the work and life success of all employees.