Roy Gilbert

Workplace values matter more than career progression to young dads

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With recent research showing that over half of young dads (58 percent) are more actively involved in day to day parenting than ever before, it is increasingly important that employers put health and wellbeing and other workplace values at the heart of their offer to employees. In particular, they should be able to offer flexible working options in order to retain their best staff. Our research looking at the Millennial Dad at Work also highlighted starkly that some business sectors are more accommodating than others when it comes to flexible working. Perhaps surprisingly, the construction industry came out of the research very well with 48 percent requesting a change in working hours since becoming a father of which 78 percent of those were successful. The retail sector and the pharmaceutical industry also did well.

Those sectors languishing at the bottom of the league tables included the non-profit sector where only 17 percent of the dads we interviewed had been successful in achieving a requested change in working hours. Alongside them was the wholesale sector where 24 percent of the dads we interviewed in the wholesale sector had requested a change in working hours, but only 39 percent were successful and the advertising sector where of the 28 percent of those who worked in advertising, only 33 percent of those dads had been successful in requesting a change in working hours.

It is good to see that in some business sectors, the connection has been made between workplace values, wellbeing, achieving a […]

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