We have realised in the last couple of months that we have a golden opportunity, right now, to really recognise and support working dads. We know from our coaching with mums and dads that Covid has affected women’s careers more than men’s; we also know that so many dads and their families have benefitted from the increased amount of time they have spent together whilst working from home this last year.
As we begin our transition back into the physical workplace, it’s vital that we support dads so they can continue to get the flexibility they need for a healthy work/family balance.
First step: to uncover what you might not know about working dads:
- Being a present father has come up as being the number 1 aspect of modern masculinity
- Dads don’t feel able to express their emotions honestly because society’s expectations of them don’t encourage and reward it
- Workplace cultures of presenteeism make it even harder for dads to feel OK about spending time as a parent
- Attitudes of older, senior men are often out-dated and hold younger dads back from pursuing a healthy work/family balance
- It is often assumed by others that men only have a professional role (and no caring responsibilities)
Perhaps you are wondering where these statements have come from? They were all discussed in our thought-leadership webinar: Supporting dads at work RIGHT NOW, presented as a discussion between Ian Dinwiddy, founder of Inspiring Dads and Steven Parker, coach and mentor.
Key themes we debated:
- Challenges of modern fatherhood; in particular post-Covid
- Why supporting dads REALLY matters in 2021
- What do dads want and need?
- What mechanisms are available to support dads right now?
To find out more, we would be happy to share the Zoom recording with you or discuss how you can help support working dads. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s blog is written by co-founder of Parent & Professional, Helen Letchfield.