We love dads that leave work early to pick up kids, stay home when someone’s sick and even take paternity leave. But companies don’t treat those dads so well, according to a new study from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
The school surveyed workers and found that daddy duties definitely get noticed in the workplace and dads feel they’re treated differently than their coworkers.”Their hours are no different than other employees’, but their co-workers appear to be picking up on their non-traditional caregiving roles and are treating them disrespectfully,” said Professor Jennifer Berdahl at Rotman. Men who stuck to gender norms were treated the best and mothers with “non-traditional caregiving arrangements” and women without children were treated the worst of all. Basically, those who stepped out of gender roles responded they felt they weren’t treated fairly at work. That means lower pay and getting overlooked for promotions.
Ultimately, the study’s authors say employers should build flexibility for parents into their policies. Dads, have you found yourself overlooked at work when you had to attend to your family’s needs?