The Working Mother 100 Best Companies list for working moms has been in existence for 35 years, as the essential means of evaluating corporate benefits and policies that help moms succeed at home and work. This year, the Working Mother Research Institute, which administers the survey, received a lot of feedback from participants asking: “What about the dads?”
These employers were recognizing what they saw as a growing trend, especially for Millennial men—fathers are vocal about wanting to be deeply involved in raising their children and need support from their employers. Recent research by the Boston College Center for Work & Family found that two-thirds of working dads felt fathers should be equal parenting partners, but only one-third said they actually filled that role. Significant concerns include different attitudes and standards for working dads and working moms.
Some trendsetting organizations are changing their corporate benefits to help these dads do exactly that. We recognized it was time for us to celebrate the organizations helping men be the best dads they can, which also benefits moms at work and at home. Our hope is that with increased publicity on what these organizations are doing, others will follow their lead. So, we created Working Mother’s first Best Companies for Dads list.
To determine this list, we went back to the applications for the 100 Best Companies and pulled questions directly related to dads, including paternity leave, adoption leave, surrogacy and fertility benefits, phase-back-to-work programs, childcare options and employee-resource groups for men.
Thirty-five companies had scores high enough to qualify for this first list. We plan to add more questions about dads to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies common application in 2019 and might create a separate application for Best Companies for Dads in 2020.
Some facts about the Working Mother Best Companies for Dads:
• 100 percent offer fully paid paternity leave vs. 29 percent nationally*, with the average amount offered being nine weeks. The average amount taken was seven weeks.
• 100 percent offer fully paid adoption leave vs. 28 percent nationally*, with the average amount offered being 10 weeks. The average amount taken was nine weeks.
• 86 percent offer financial benefits for in-vitro fertilization and 49 percent for use of a surrogate.
• 97 percent offer support for children with autism and 74 percent offer support for children with cancer.
• 97 percent offer backup childcare for days when regular childcare isn’t available.
• 83 percent offer backup in-home childcare.
• 77 percent offer sick-child care.
• 83 percent have employee-resource groups for parents/caregivers of any gender and 20 percent have groups specifically for men.
• 85 percent of men in these companies use flexible schedules.
• 82 percent of men in these companies telecommute at least some of the time.
*Source: Society for Human Resource Management