The study’s authors, Beth Hum­berd of the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts, Lowell, Jamie Ladge at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and Brad Har­rington of the Boston Col­lege Center for Work and Family inter­viewed 31 working fathers with working spouses for their results. They rec­om­mend that employers acknowl­edge that father­hood is a more time and atten­tion con­suming task than it has been in recent his­tory. This isn’t just about cre­ating family friendly leave and work-​​life poli­cies, although those are impor­tant. It’s about that tricky thing, work­place cul­ture. “While work-​​life poli­cies and pro­grams can be designed to be gender neu­tral, often orga­ni­za­tional cul­tures are not, ” the authors write. “There is still a strong cul­tural per­spec­tive that when men become fathers, little will change for them on the work front.” Per­haps office mates should start orga­nizing baby showers for new dads, as an act of revolution.

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