This morning, the Today Show ran a segment on fathers’ work-family issues. Along with other recent major media attention (Esquire, BusinessWeek), this high-profile segment is just another indication that society may be starting to grapple with these issues in a serious way. Yay!
Over the past few weeks, articles have appeared in major mainstream media outlets reporting and commenting on work-family issues for dads. For someone who has been a fathers, work and family advocate for a long time, I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a sampling of recent articles, and my commentary on this trend.
While there is a danger that men, work and family will be reported on only as a short-term novelty, I am highly encouraged by all this media attention. I have always maintained that when more attention is paid to men’s work-family issues:
- Men who struggle with these issues may realize they are not alone
- Supervisors and business leaders may realize this is a serious business issue that requires some thought and attention
- These issues become more normal and acceptable to talk about at home and in society- and most importantly- in workplaces across the country
- The business case for considering men in work-family conversations and solutions becomes more evident
Here are links to some recent articles: