Parental Leave Parity: Supporting new dads in the workplace
15 August, 2023, 14:23 pm GMT
By Chloe Mumford
When talking about parental leave, mothers often take centre stage. However, dads or soon-to-be dads don’t currently receive enough support from their employers to take on more childcare responsibilities, and are restricted by current paternal leave policies, which many find gives them insufficient time to adjust to this major life change.
We often talk about the role of mums and dads in the household, childcare responsibilities, and the disparity we see. However, research by the Office for National Statistics demonstrates that the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in childcare undertaken by men, rising from 39% of the time that women spent on childcare to 64%. Despite this, fathers returned to the office post-pandemic to only be restricted by their employment contracts with how much paternal leave they are permitted to take. And, as a result, pressure is being placed on their partners to pick up childcare responsibilities, which only exacerbates the gender gap in the workplace.
One of the ways we can overcome this disparity is by providing dads support in the workplace, so they can take on a greater role in childcare responsibilities. By supporting fathers, we also support mothers.
So, in this article, we aim to explore what type of support fathers should receive and the organisational benefits their employers can expect to see.