Do you want to know the secret of achieving pay equity in the workplace (at least in the long term)? Well, it is really about the dads. Yes, that’s right. The more paid time off given to fathers, the more likely it is the a company will achieve long term pay equity. Why you ask?
Because when time off for babies and kids becomes a parental issue, and not a women’s issue, then women stop being punished (whether directly or indirectly) for taking time off to give birth and raise kids. And if you are wondering if women really are set back by being pregnant or active parents, then read this recent article in the New York Times. Women are set back. Having kids can be a career killer. There is a documented motherhood penalty.
This is why parental leave policies, as opposed to maternity and paternity leave policies, are the wave of the future. If your business has not revised its time off policies for all parents (whether female/male, gay/straight, birth parent/non-birth parent), then it is time to consider it. Otherwise, you just could be the next company in the news (and not in a good way).
Oh, and by the way, having a policy is one thing. But actually encouraging dads to use it is (instead of punishing them for it, whether overtly or covertly) is another critical step.
In honor of Father’s Day (albeit a week late), let’s hear it for the dads! Especially if it ultimately helps the moms get paid the same as those dads!