As promised, I decided to write another post that focused on the topic of pursuing career goals while remaining a connected father.
While I could fill a couple of posts detailing the options available to companies, the most interesting aspect of the research was how this kind of altered work environment is seeing more acceptance and finding more demand from employees. Many organizations are embracing the home/work link as a reality. This link proposes that if an employees’ home life is in turmoil, then there will be an adverse reaction in the workplace. From a demand perspective, it is not only parents that expect flexibility, but the millennial’s and the boomer’s are finding it necessary as well. This is especially true if they are to value their company’s employment long term.
My point of jabbering on about all these facts is that dads have more of these opportunities available to them than they may have known. Apart from the reality that some industries must have a more rigid structure (such as manufacturing), the opportunity for small but significant changes are completely plausible. Additionally, the days of suggesting that giving employees this kind of flexibility will result in a workforce of miscreants, is archaic and unsupported by current data.
So what am I suggesting here? Should guys start jumping ship and finding jobs where flexibility is more readily available? Maybe that would be the best move. However, the idea here is that many organizations have the ability to evolve in to a more accommodating workplace. Why not approach a manager or open the conversation to your peers? You would be amazed at the influence that a motivated workforce has when their ideas carry value on both sides of the argument. If our intent is to bring a greater semblance of strength and continuity to our homes, then we should not hesitate to alter our career to fit our families….and not the other way around.