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Developing a father-friendly workplace

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HC Online | 28 Mar 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Research suggests work-life conflict is no longer just an issue for women and men are now experiencing higher levels of work-life conflict than before. Fiona Hitchiner outlines the importance of tools that support and recognise the importance of fathers as workers and parents.
  • Leanne Faraday-Brash | 01 Apr 2013, 01:40 PM Agree 0
    Any legislative or policy change that legitimises and enables better work-life balance for fathers is to be applauded. We all know the law plays catch-up to the hearts and minds of society. This issue will only grow in pertinence and companies that are hospitable to these emerging cultural norms will have competitive advantage.
    I coach many often senior guilt-ridden, remorseful and fretful men who have made a career of being absent during the child rearing years. Of course there will always be some happy to walk in the door, just in time to kiss kids good night but they will often end up paying the price in estrangement from partners and/or kids.
    Over time, the economic argument of women earning more than their male partners or relishing ascendency in their careers will also stimulate demand for family friendlies for men at work.
    Providing wives don't come home at the end of a long day and find an empty fridge, dinner conspicuous by its absence and a playroom carpet full of toys, what's not to like?
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