By Pension and Benefits Editorial Staff
Working Mother has revealed its first list of Best Companies for Dads, celebrating 35 organizations that lead in the areas of paternity leave, phase-back programs, telecommuting opportunities, flexible schedules and more. The Founding Sponsors of this initiative are: Boston Scientific, EY, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, Microsoft, RSM and Unilever.
“Millennial dads are outspoken about wanting to be involved parents and to be that, they need support from their employers,” said Meredith Bodgas, Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother. “These trend-setting companies are helping erase the stigma attached to men taking off time to bond with their new babies, utilizing telecommuting opportunities or flexible schedules in order to be more involved on the homefront. Not only does this help dads, it helps moms succeed both at home and at work, and puts them on more equal footing.”
Key facts about the 2018 list include:
- One hundred percent offer fully paid paternity leave versus 29 percent nationally, with the average amount offered nine weeks. The average amount taken was seven weeks.
- One hundred percent offer fully paid adoption leave versus 28 percent nationally, with the average amount offered 10 weeks. The average amount taken was nine weeks.
- Eighty-six percent offer financial benefits for in-vitro fertilization, and 49 percent for use of a surrogate.
- Eighty-five percent of men in these companies use flexible schedules.
- Eighty-two percent of men in these companies telecommute at least some of the time.
“In order for companies to advance working mothers, they must support their working fathers,” said Subha V. Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “The level of enthusiasm we received from our founding sponsors was through the roof and speaks volumes about how organizations are recognizing the importance of supporting both working moms and dads. The Working Mother Best Companies for Dads strive to create a supportive environment for all working parents, and we hope other organizations take notice and follow their lead.”
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