When the conversation around careers and parenting arises, most everyone in the workforce is familiar with the challenges and issues working mothers face. The good news is there has been steady progress in the right direction to create a more supportive work environment for female employees when they are starting to think about a family, during pregnancy and of course, post-partum while on maternity leave.
So, what about dad? After all, fathers come in many different shapes and sizes – married, divorced, single, gay, straight, etc. – and traditional family benefits are no longer one size fits all.
Additionally, with Labor Dept. data continuing to show that there are more open jobs available then unemployed people, the competition to fill roles with skilled workers is stiff.
In light of Father’s Day, it is a good reminder to evaluate your employer’s fertility and family benefits programs to ensure all employees feel supported in their parental journey or risk losing team members to companies who offer more well-rounded and inclusive work-life programs.
These are a few key benefits that employers need to consider for dads in the workforce.
As we approach the halfway point in 2019 and HR teams begin to think about their talent & people strategies for the next year, make sure both moms and dads are supported in the workplace. Staying ahead of the curve and creating a family-friendly workplace is imperative to creating a loyal team. Plus, their partners will thank you too!
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