Research Report

What Working Dads Really Want

May 2021

For more than 30 years, our organization has focused on understanding what working mothers want and need from their employers. Much has changed, including the growing understanding that work/life programs are just as important to dads and that moms benefit when dads are equal partners.

A national survey finds working dads want the same thing as moms—longer paid parental leave, more flexibility at work, supportive managers and opportunities to advance. But there’s a catch—they are far more afraid of perceptions about taking time off and use their family-friendly benefits less than moms do.

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