The Wellbeing Project

Fatherhood penalty

It was disappointing to see the findings of the 2017 Modern Families Index by work-life charity Working Families and Bright Horizons.

It found that workplaces run the risk of creating a ‘fatherhood penalty’ by failing to adapt for working fathers who want to play a more active role in childcare.

The report said that 47% of working fathers would like to downshift to a less stressful job and 38% would take a pay cut to improve their work-life balance. Millennial fathers were more likely than older ones to consider compromising on their career for the sake of family time.

It also found that 44% of fathers have bent the truth or lied to their employer about family-related responsibilities that ‘get in the way’ of work.

We think that workplace culture needs to change to ensure that work-life balance is better. The smart organisations will recognise this – those who fail to adapt may find they miss out on the best talent.

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