Gone are the days when working dads felt their job was bringing home the bacon. “Being a good provider” is no longer synonymous with being a good dad. Today’s working dads have a different view (which those of us married to great working dads already know). They measure their success and happiness not just in their ability to financially provide for their families but by how much time they can spend with their families. They want to be engaged, present and involved. This according to the body of research conducted by The Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) who is hosting an on-line forum on November 5th (12:00 EDT, register at http://www.thenewdad.org/fathers_in_the_workplace_forum) to share their latest findings.
Men are spending more time caring for their children and not just out of necessity, but out of desire. And they’d like to do more. Dads are taking advantage of work flex at equal rates to working moms and according to BCCWF, report that becoming a parent enhanced their reputation, credibility and career options. Still, many employers are slow to catch on and are losing talent as a result.
Work-flex and work-life integration options for working dads are critical to their satisfaction and ability to blend career and family priorities. But there is also a spill-over effect. Working moms also benefit when each working parent can take advantage of work-flex.
Dual-career households are now the norm and women are out earning their male partners at rates higher than ever before. Still, child-care issues fall disproportionately on women and it needs to fall more evenly on both parents. It’s what working moms – and dads – both want, says BCCWF.
Once employers see the benefits of strong, formal work-flex options for both working mothers and working fathers, I hope they’ll see the gap that exits when one parent – or both – is required to travel. The flex that each parent enjoys to spend with family goes out the window. Travel care solutions are one answer.
You can review The Boston College Center for Work & Family research here. http://www.thenewdad.org/