3 Ways Companies Could Offer More Father-Friendly Policies that Will Help Women

3 Ways Companies Could Offer More Father-Friendly Policies that Will Help Women

If you want to help women achieve gender equality in the workplace, it’s time to give more support to men.


That may sound counterintuitive since men have long been advantaged at work with higher salaries, faster promotions and more authority.


We are two professors who study gender equality and injustices in the workplace. One of us reviewed 186 published papers on gender equality in the last decade. Our conclusion: One of the biggest problems in contemporary policies aimed at gender equality in the workplace is that they leave out men.


For many women with young children, taking on more responsibilities at work means their responsibilities at home need to decrease. And for that to happen, men need to step up – and be encouraged to do so. Here are three ways companies could do just that.


1. Men need family-friendly policies, too


Family-friendly policies such as flextime, telecommuting and a compressed workweek have been seen as supporting women’s traditional roles and hence as more needed for women to take advantage of.


While most companies offer flextime policies to both men and women, some studies show men’s usage has been stigmatized and discouraged – and may even hurt their careers.


It may depend on why men take advantage of such po ..