Magazine article New Zealand Management

Dads@work-What They Want

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Dads@work-What They Want

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Kiwi men want to spend more time with their kids--but work gets in the way.

In an online survey run by EEO Trust and attracting 1200 responses, 82 percent of dads said their paid work negatively affects the amount of time they spend with their children. Over half say their paid work affects the quality of time they spend with their kids.

EEO Trust executive director Trudie McNaughton says this is in line with international research which shows men want to spend more time with their children than their fathers spent with them.

She says this is an issue for workplaces which have tried to help women balance work and family but have sometimes left men out of the equation.

"Workplaces sometimes assumed that what would work for mothers would also work for fathers, and sometimes neglected to consider fathers at all," she says. "However men are saying they also need flexibility in order to be the kind of fathers they want to be. And women recognise that equity at work is more likely when men share caring responsibilities."

When asked how workplaces could help them be the sort of father they want to be, the most popular options were flexibility of work hours, including the option of taking some time off during the day or sometimes being able to work from home. …

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