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Employers toolkit

Want to cater better for the fathers you employ? Our toolkit is a great place to start


Employee Workshops - increasing wellbeing & engagement for new dads

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For the past year, with our partners at the University of Edinburgh, we've been gathering evidence of how to support fathers at work. The result is our new dads workshop, successfully piloted with the Scottish Government and Police Scotland, which we're now rolling out across Scotland. 

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Daddy's Home - a life planner for fathers

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A resource from Working Families, this booklet is designed with fathers in mind. In the last 20 years, it has become more common to find people working in new ways as they try and get a balance between work and their home life. These flexible work patterns come in a variety of forms: part-time working, flexi-time, term-time working and job-sharing are just some of the methods people and businesses use.

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The changing workplace culture

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Our culture is full of ideas about men being from Mars and women from Venus – and as an employer, it’s easy to make gendered assumptions about what makes your employees tick. The stereotypes of the lone breadwinner dad and stay-at-home mum still hold sway in our imaginations.

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Getting the team on board

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You can write policies about supporting fathers until you’re blue in the face, but they won’t make any difference unless the dads in question have line managers who value and understand the importance of ‘seeing’ and supporting men’s involvement as hands-on fathers.

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Supporting dads through parenting leave

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Traditionally, employers approached parenting leave as a benefit primarily of interest to female staff. That’s hardly surprising, given the fact that until recently the UK had the most unequal parenting leave system in the developed world, with new mothers entitled to up to a year off work while employed fathers got just two weeks statutory paternity leave.

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Supporting dads to work flexibly

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In recent years, flexible working has become part of the landscape of good employment practice in the UK.

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Tackling Long hours culture

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Offering a good range of flexible working options, and promoting them to your male as well as female employees, is an important way to set about supporting the dads in your workplace.

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Top 10 Tips for Father-friendly workplaces

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1. Know who the fathers and grandfathers are in your organisation

  • Ask them to sign up to a data base as carers along with mums and grandmothers.
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