“Generally my own personal experience of work has been pretty much one of ‘anti-fathering’ and ‘anti-family’ environments. I was used to CEOs and workaholics who didn’t think that family was an important part of life. As an employer I do a number of things with my employees to help them with their family lives. One thing I do is to talk about family commitments with my employees. It’s important to be really clear with them that you understand, as their employer, that work is important but that it is second in importance to your family. When I say these things I know it shocks a lot of people. At Microsoft I used to mention it at our monthly work status meeting. I always mention that I expect and understand that family responsibilities and relationships may limit their ability to work.” – Daniel Petre, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
- Be transparent in your work setting about the importance of your family.
- Talk about the work/family balance with your co-workers.
- Be a leader in the area of good fathering. By being open with others you give men permission to do the same for their families.