Today (14 June 2018), the Government has rejected many of the recommendations from the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into fathers in the workplace. Chloe Chambraud, gender equality director at Business in the Community, says employers need to adapt or risk losing their best talent:
Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “It’s extremely disappointing that the Government has rejected many of the Women and Equalities Committee’s recommendations on fathers in the workplace. We know that many men, particularly younger fathers, want a better work-life balance and resent work interfering with family life, but they are not getting these opportunities. For example, fathers are twice as likely to have flexible working requests turned down as mothers. This represents a significant risk to businesses and may result in their best talent – both male and female – leaving for employers who are adapting to these changes and are better equipped to balance the needs of individuals and the organisation.
“Whilst much of the effort around workplace gender equality understandably focuses on women, if we want to truly change the world of work it’s vital that we hear from men too. That’s why Business in the Community recently surveyed over 10,000 men and women across the UK for our Equal Lives project, in partnership with Santander UK, to explore the barriers men face in balancing work and caring responsibilities and how employers can support them to do this. We will be publishing the results of the survey in autumn 2018, alongside recommendations for business that will enable both men and women to fulfil their potential at work and create fair and inclusive workplaces that work for everyone.”