Are You Ready for the New Dads?
According to the Families and Work Institute's 2008 study on gender and generation changes, the dads of today aren't like their predecessors when it comes to family and their work views and ambitions. While the average time all dads spend with their children has increased 1.2 hours, millennial fathers (age 29 and under) spend almost two more hours a day with their children than dads in all other age groups. Also, dads that report feeling more conflicted juggling work and home life has increased by 11 percent since the late 70s.
The new generation isn't happy simply being fathers. Instead, they want to be more involved as dads. How our organizations respond now will have tremendous implications on organizations in the future.
Review the following to see how ready you are as an organization:
1) Can dads take time off to welcome a new baby? Are paternity leave policies in place that will allow dads time away from work for child birth or adoption?
2) Can dads effectively advocate for high-quality child care options? Child care is not just an issue for women.
3) Are dads viewed as coaches or can they be nurturers too? Men need to feel content about their work and life choices.
If they are overextended to the point that they feel pressured to choose work over family, they will be less satisfied.