TRANSITIONING PARENTING ROLES AND WORKPLACE ACCEPTANCE
The articles keep piling on: Just this week the New York Times Sunday Styles section (August 12, 2012) big feature on the changing attitudes about stay-at-home dads; and sports pages in many newspapers and electronic media on professional athletes’ fatherly devotion (e.g., Eli Manning, elite quarterback, said he thinks he’s an “elite dad”). I wrote about this trend in sports several years ago, and I’m delighted to see young fathers in other occupations not only expanding their parenting roles, but also speaking publicly about it.
My big questions are:
1- How much have attitudes in the workplace (not the sports arena) changed toward part-time worker/dads and stay-at-home dads?
2- Will elimination of stigmas regarding work/life flexibility for men accelerate acceptance and new flexibility for everyone and help women in the workplace as well?
3- Are the more open attitudes a generational thing, more prevalent with Gen X and Gen Y/Millennials?
Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com