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Episode #15: Do working fathers have it easy?
The Green Room by Deloitte podcast
Comical stereotypes of dads often show fatherhood as a bit of fun. Think dad dancing, dad jokes, dad bods and daddy day care. But with more dads than ever before now actively involved in parenting, is this really the case?
Are we fuelling these stereotypes by treating working parents differently? And why are people still surprised when dads do decide to take on an active parenting role? How can workplaces help today’s working fathers to look after their wellbeing and get that work-family life balance?
This week, we’re discussing whether today’s working fathers really do have it easy. Our hosts George and Lizzie, both working parents, are joined by Jim Bloomfield, director in Clients & Industries, and Han-Son Lee, founder of DaddiLife.
Tune in to find out:
- How Jim balanced work and parenting when transitioning back into the workplace
- What happened when George’s daughter Daisy was given ‘jitter glitter’
- What our research with DaddiLife revealed is important to today’s working dads
- How many miles Jim was able to run with his pram and son Seb in it
I think what we’re going through now is a fundamental generational shift when it comes to parenthood. It’s that sense of real balance that’s starting to be had. - Han-Son Lee
Find out more
If you’re interested in any of the topics we talked about during this episode, you might find the links below useful.
- A big push for baby pay: why we’re doubling paid leave from two to four weeks for all of our non-birthing parents
- Han-Son’s blog DaddiLife features a whole range of interesting articles around fatherhood and parenting.
Here are some of our top reads:
- The full report on our research with DaddiLife looking at millennial dads at work
- A look at why working fathers need flexibility in the workplace
- The Dads at Work Hub, featuring a range of different guides for new dads at work, also profiling expert Q&As
- In the press - here are some articles on this hot topic to make you think:
- Lizzie mentioned this article in the New York Times on the division of labour between working parents and traditional gender roles
- The Telegraph on why ‘daddy day care’ is such an insult to UK fathers
- Fancy something to listen to instead?
Check out the last section of this Woman’s Hour episode. It features an interesting discussion on supporting working fathers in the workplace, with Working Families CEO, Sarah Jackson.