Why do men not use work-family reconciliation measures?
1Some 37.7% of mothers requested a reduction in working hours or to work part time when returning to work, whereas only 4% of fathers requested this.
2Some 54.4% of fathers surveyed were of the opinion that at their companies “it is considered more natural for a mother to request a reconciliation measure than for a father to do so”.
3Although reconciliation measures are available, in practice many fathers have the perception that their capacity to use them freely is limited.
4Fathers that have the sensation of working at a company that supports work- family reconciliation, in general, and reconciliation for fathers, in particular, experience a lesser sensation of work-family conflict
Following birth or adoption, mothers used an average of 162.7 days of leave to care for their new child, whereas fathers used just 16.8 days. Furthermore, 37.7% of mothers requested a reduction in working hours or to work part time when returning to work, whereas only 4% of fathers requested this. The differences in terms of requesting timetable flexibility and changes of shift were also important.