Working fathers who see their chil­dren daily are more sat­is­fied with their jobs and less likely to resign, according to a new study.

The find­ings, to be pub­lished next month in the Academy of Man­age­ment Per­spec­tives, sug­gests that com­pa­nies should allow working fathers time with family as way to increase employee reten­tion. It also hints at the impor­tance of flex­ible sched­ules so that fathers can be there for their chil­dren, even during tra­di­tional office hours.

Instead of pro­moting ideals based on out­dated gender norms, firms need to rec­og­nize father­hood as a serious and time-​​consuming activity, both through formal flex pro­grams and through encour­aging super­vi­sors to sup­port fathers in ful­filling family com­mit­ments,” Jamie Ladge, a man­age­ment pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who co-​​authored the study, said in a state­ment. “This is espe­cially so in view of the enhanced job sat­is­fac­tion and com­pany loy­alty that our study sug­gests is fos­tered by involved fathering.”

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