When will we see the term “Career Dad”?

It would seem that terms have crept into our language to cover the work-parenting continuum with one noted exception. We are left with the assumption that men, even when they become fathers, will automatically assume the responsibility for a career within a couple. This is so strong,  that we don’t even assign  a name to the role.

It is an unstated given.

We assume that all men wish to be assigned the lead position as revenue generator when there is growing research to suggest that they too in increasing numbers,  want to be released from the unrelenting 24/7/365 grind that corporate life is becoming.   Even a small straw poll vox pops indicates that men would quit their jobs as readily as women for greater work/life balance.

Men are marginalised

Flexi- time or part-time working is associated with the notion of lack of commitment. This means that men have minimal  involvement in  any discussions on flexible hours. Working half-time  (and I have) means that generally the only thing that hits 50% is the salary. Responsibility probably hovers at 90% and hours worked at 75%.  In addition men report being discouraged from working reduced hours or taking paternity leave, despite research indicating that there are any number of positive business benefits.

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