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Happy Belated Father's Day
Submitted by caseyju on June 27, 2011 - 09:00
In honor of father's day, albeit a week late, I've compiled a list of some recent journal articles, news articles and reports on fathers in the workplace. On the top of my list is the Boston College Center for Work & Family's report, The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted, that presents the results of the second phase of their research on fatherhood. The survey was completed by 963 professional working fathers actively engaged in parenting children up to age 18 and reveals some interesting findings.
In an interview with Fox News, Brad Harrington, Executive Director of BCCWF and one of the authors of the study, points out that today's fathers value not only job security in this difficult economy, but also workplace flexibility. One of the key findings was that most fathers wanted to share equally in caregiving with their partners but felt unable to due to their work and family circumstances. One takeaway for employers from this report may be that, "fostering a culture that is supportive of fathers in their multiple roles leads directly to more satisfied, loyal employees and a lower level of work-to-family conflict" (p.32). The implication may be that family friendly workplaces benefit all employees and the company's bottom line through a reduction in turnover and recruitment costs.
Below are some other relevant articles. Let me know if you have an article or insight to add.
Blogs and News Articles:
- BNET: How Dads are Managing Work-Life Conflict
- CS Monitor: Father's Day: Why Dads are More Engaged ... and More Absent
- NY Times: With More Single Fathers, a Changing Family Picture
- NYC Dads Group: It's Time for Father/Leaders to Step Up
- Parenting.com: The Daddy Track
- People Management: Flexible Working ‘Makes Fathers Happier’
- SHRM: New Dads Reflect Generational Shift in Parenting Role
- Houston Chronicle: U.S. Dads Deserve to be Envious on Father’s Day
- Workforce Management: The Last Word: Fathers Figure
Journal Articles and Reports from our Literature Database:
- Allard, K., Haas, L., & Hwang, C. P. (2011). Family-supportive organizational culture and fathers' experiences of work-family conflict in Sweden. Gender, Work & Organization, 18(2), 141-157.
- DeMaris, A., Mahoney, A., & Pargament, K. I. (2011). Doing the scut work of infant care: Does religiousness encourage father involvement? Journal of Marriage and Family, 73(2), 354–368.
- Bakst, D., Make, J., & Rankin, N. (2011). Beyond the breadwinner: Professional dads speak out on work and family. New York, NY: A Better Balance. Retrieved from http://www.abetterbalance.org/web/images/stories/Documents/valuecarework/Reports/ABB_Rep_BeyondBreadwinner.pdf
- Eräranta, K., & Moisander, J. (2011). Psychological regimes of truth and father identity: Challenges for Work/Life integration. Organization Studies, 32(4), 509-526.
- Goodman, W. B., Crouter, A. C., Lanza, S. T., Cox, M. J., Vernon-Feagans, L., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators. (2011). Paternal work stress and latent profiles of father-infant parenting quality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73(3), 588-604.
- Haas, L. & Rostgaard, T. (2011). Fathers’ rights to paid parental leave in the Nordic countries: Consequences for the gendered division of leave. Community, Work and Family, 14(2), 177 - 195.
- Linkow, P., Civian, J. & Lingle, K. M. (2011). Men and work-life integration: A global study. Scottsdale, AZ: World at Work. Retrieved from http://www.worldatwork.org/waw/adimLink?id=51556
- Livingston, G., & Parker, K. (2011). A tale of two fathers: More are active, but more are absent. Washington, D.C.: Pew Social & Demographic Trends. Retrieved from http://pewsocialtrends.org/files/2011/06/fathers-FINAL-report.pdf
- Ranson, G. (2011). Men, paid employment and family responsibilities: Conceptualizing the ‘working father.’ Gender, Work and Organization, Article published online in advance of print: DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2011.00549.x