Dads Welcome Work/Life Benefits Too
The Monster Intelligence Father's Day Survey, conducted in late May, showed that working fathers are increasingly aware of the need to integrate the demands of their work and the responsibilities of caring for their family. More than half (58 percent) of working fathers surveyed feel that their employer should be more considerate of the needs of working dads. 'Given the current war for talent and looming skills shortage, employers should recognize that offering benefits such as flexible work arrangements and paid paternity leave is a key tactic for recruiting and retaining talent, commented Peter Castrichini, vice president of compensation, benefits, and human resources operations at Monster.
The survey showed that employers could show working fathers that the organization respects and embraces their family life by introducing more work/life benefits, such as paid paternity leave, flexible schedules, telecommuting, and on-site child care ' the top work/life benefits working fathers seek.
Only one-third of fathers with toddlers reported that their employer offered parental leave benefits or flexible work schedules for working dads. Yet, 71 percent of fathers surveyed with a child under 5 took paternity leave when it was offered. The same adopted flexible schedules, when available. In addition, a company with flex-time benefits is viewed more positively by 82 percent of working fathers.
The Monster survey revealed additional data that highlights the importance of life outside of work for working fathers. Forty-six percent of working fathers reported that they never bring work home during the week. About a third said that they bring work home one to two nights a week. Yet, 78 percent said that this practice affect's their relationship with their children. A significant percentage of fathers would be willing to forgo work to avoid infringement on time with their children; 68 percent surveyed would consider being a stay-at-home parent if money were not a consideration.