Support for working dads: the key to gender equality for working mums

Employers need to improve support for working fathers in order to achieve equality for working mothers, according to a new report out today.

 

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The survey of over 7,000 working parents by coaching company Talking Talent echoes the findings of Workingmums.co.uk recent surveys.

The research found that over half (52%) of working parents, including 26% men and 30% women, think that their career has slowed down compared to their childless colleagues.

Some 44% of working mothers found it difficult to keep an interesting job – but even more working fathers (53%) are finding this a challenge too.

‘The survey found more men (66%) than women (60%) felt guilty at not spending enough time with their children.

More than 57% of all those surveyed wanted flexible working hours, but while 21% of women have never had a request turned down, only 14% of men experienced the same.

Rebecca Hourston, Head of Working Parent & Executive Coaching Programmes at Talking Talent, said: “Stepping up to address these challenges is an important future investment for organisations. Attitudes and expectations are changing fast among young people and 68% of our respondents expected that the next generation would find it just as hard as them to balance work and parenthood.”

Two-thirds (66%) of working parents agreed that SPL can benefit couples by preparing them to share parental responsibilities more equally in future years.

The research shows that over half of parents (56%) would have been very likely to share parental leave if their pay and working conditions had met their needs.

However, half of respondents (51%) thought that fathers who took SPL would experience a detrimental effect on their careers, and 53% feared judgement if they chose SPL.

More than half of working parents (53%) experienced a significant gap between what their workplace says it’s doing and what it’s actually doing; around half of that group (26% of the total) made this point strongly.

One in three parents surveyed, struggled to understand their company’s policy on parental leave, for example.

 



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