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Business in the Community is searching for working dads and male carers who want to be more involved with family for a survey of men’s work life-balance.
The Equal Lives project will look at what stops men being more involved in caring roles and will result in practical steps employers can take to help male and female employees to balance responsibilities at work and home.
BITC says research shows fathers are twice as likely to be turned down for flexible working as mothers, work-life balance is increasingly a source of stress for fathers and young fathers in particular are the group most frustrated by work interfering with family responsibilities. It adds that men may also be taking on caring roles for parents or relatives which their employers do not recognise or support. “This represents a huge risk to employers, who may lose out on the best talent if they do not adapt,” says BITC.
It wants to hear from men in every situation – including where they are the breadwinner, the main carer or divide caring responsibilities equally. The charity is also keen to hear from men of all ages, ethnicities and sexualities, as well as single fathers and women who have caring responsibilities.
Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Gender equality is about ensuring that men and women contribute equally to society. However, women still face many hurdles which stop them from progressing at work, whilst men often struggle to be as involved in caring roles as they would like. That’s why we’re calling on parents and carers from all backgrounds to fill out the Equal Lives survey – by sharing their experiences, they will help to create real change.”
Santander UK is partnering with BITC for the initiative. The Equal Lives survey will run until 11th May and is available here.