Six ways workplaces can better engage dads

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In today’s dynamic work environment, creating an inclusive and supportive space for working dads is essential. Engaged and involved fathers not only contribute to their children’s well-being but also bring valuable perspectives and experiences to the workplace. To optimise employee satisfaction, retention, and productivity, organisations must implement strategies to actively engage dads. Below we explore six effective strategies for engaging dads in the workplace and nurturing a culture that values their role as both caregivers and professionals.

  1. Flexible Work Arrangements:Supporting Work-Life Balance
    Recognise the diverse responsibilities that working dads juggle and provide flexibility in work arrangements. Offer options such as remote work, flexible hours, or compressed workweeks. By allowing dads to balance their professional commitments with family responsibilities, you empower them to be actively involved in their children’s lives while maintaining productivity and job satisfaction.
  2. Parental Support Programs: Guiding Dads to Success
    Establish parental support programs tailored to the needs of working dads. These programs can include workshops, seminars, or online resources that provide guidance on work-life balance, parenting skills, and personal development. Learn more about how The Fathering Project can support your workplace with The Working Families Program.
  3. Mentorship Opportunities: Learning from Experienced Fathers
    Encourage mentorship programs or workplace Dads Groups that connect experienced fathers within the organisation with new or expectant dads. These mentorship relationships provide guidance, support, and a platform for sharing experiences and best practices. Mentorship programs create a sense of community, foster professional growth, and offer dads valuable insights into navigating the challenges of work and family life.
  4. Inclusive Parental Leave Policies: Emphasising Equal Opportunities
    Develop inclusive parental leave policies that support both mums and dads. Ensure that paternity leave is equally emphasised and encouraged, embed it in your workplace culture. Communicate the availability of parental leave options clearly and proactively to all employees.
  5. Celebrate Fatherhood: Recognising Contributions
    Recognise and celebrate the contributions of working dads within the organisation. Highlight their achievements, share success stories, and create opportunities for them to showcase their skills and experiences.
  6. Employee Resource Groups: Connecting Working Dads
    Establish employee resource groups or affinity groups specifically focused on supporting working dads. These groups provide a platform for dads to connect, share insights, and discuss common challenges. They also offer opportunities for professional networking, mentorship, and advocating for family-friendly policies within the organisation.


Engaging dads in the workplace is not only beneficial for their personal lives but also contributes to a more supportive and productive work environment. By implementing strategies such as flexible work arrangements, parental support programs, mentorship opportunities, inclusive parental leave policies, celebrating fatherhood, and employee resource groups, organisations can foster a culture that recognises and values the important role of working dads. Remember, an engaged and supported workforce – where individual and family wellbeing is prioritised is the key to a thriving and inclusive workplace where both individuals and organisations can flourish.

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