Thursday, October 27, 2005

Want to Help Working Moms? Help Working Dads - too!

Wondering what the moms in your company will say when you announce you are helping working dads? Just remember that helping working fathers integrate work and family commitments directly helps working mothers.

Need some evidence?

1. A study by IBM, for example, found that the highest performers in the company are more likely to focus on balancing work and family than employees who performed at a lower level.

2. Johnson and Johnson enjoyed a 50 percent decrease in absenteeism among employees who use flexible work options and family leave policies.

3. Employees at DuPont who use work-family balance programs are more likely to “go the extra mile” for the company.

3/4's of all households today have two working parents and most working adults find it challenging to take care of both their family and work obligations. Some 70 percent of married mothers work outside the home[8] and are challenged to balance work and family early on in the parenting journey. In fact, two of every three women work during their first pregnancy, [9] and the majority of working moms (55 percent) have an infant at home. [10] Moms benefit when the father of their children is also able to help with responsibilities at home.

It just makes sense that through helping working fathers, companies can also help working mothers. By helping working fathers find a balance between work and family, it eliminates the need for mothers to be the only parent who must juggle the needs of their children and family with work.

Helping Working Fathers Helps Children – The Future of our Nation's Workforce

Fathers who are involved emotionally, spiritually and intellectually with their family –more than just physically present – have children that perform better on almost every measure of physical, social and cognitive development. These children have higher self-esteem; less depression as teenagers; higher grades, test scores, and overall academic achievement; lower levels of drug and alcohol use; and higher levels of empathy and other pro-social behavior than do children of uninvolved dads. [11]

Father involvement also helps children get a good education and prepares them to be more productive workers and citizens! In fact, a father plays a key role in his child’s likelihood of academic success According to a landmark study by the U.S. Department of Education, children in two-parent families with highly involved fathers were 42 percent more likely to get mostly A’s, 55 percent more likely to enjoy school and 28 percent less likely to repeat a grade than were children in two-parent families with fathers who had low involvement. These positive effects even extend to the children of highly involved, non-resident fathers. Children of these fathers were 54 percent more likely to get mostly A’s, 70 percent more likely to enjoy school, and 50 percent less likely to repeat a grade than were children whose non-resident fathers had no or low involvement.

The next generation of leaders, and workers, will be impacted by this generation of fathers! If you want a well-adjusted, well-educated workforce in the future, support the positive effort to make your company more father-friendly - today!

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