Stigma still attached to taking extended paternity leave

A new survey by the CIPD shows the majority of dads still feel there is a lot of stigma attached to taking extended parental leave.

working dads want more time with their families

Working dads, particularly younger dads, want to spend more time with their families

Dads still feel worried that they will be stigmatised at work for taking extended parental leave, according to a new survey.

The report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development polled 631 working fathers. It found 73 per cent felt there was a stigma attached to them taking extended paternity leave, with 95 per cent saying workplaces needed to normalise men taking parental leave more.

The report also found that 56 per cent of dads on paternity leave felt anxious about returning to work and that just 35 per cent felt they would get the same support as female staff on maternity leave.

The CIPD report said employers could do more to encourage dads to take paternity leave, for instance, ensuring there was proper cover for leave, training line managers to normalise leave and allowing phased returns to work.

The report also found 73 per cent of the men polled would like more information on their paternity rights and 59 per cent would like to have scheduled conversations with line managers about the impact of parenting on work. Fifty seven per cent would also like to see the introduction of parents’ networks or forums. The vast majority – 95 per cent – said flexible working made them more likely to stay with their employer and 70 per cent said it increased their motivation at work while 83% said it made them more productive.



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