In no case did they describe approaching their supervisor, HR Department or boss and asking for a change in roster a decrease in hours or any work change to give them more time to do what they said they wanted: spend more time with their children.
How comfortable would you feel asking for more family time or flexible hours?
In none of the interview transcripts did dads even wonder if they could get by with less income or if some new arrangement would allow them to change their work routine. It seemed that the work-world was fixed and any adjustments had to happen in the time leftover.
We don’t know if the pandemic has changed the work-family balance forever but this entertaining piece by Luke Benedictus in The Father Hood argues that COVID-19 lockdowns may have at least changed employers’ perceptions of their options.
How is your work-family balance going?
There’s no right or wrong answer, and the balance is different for lots of families. However, what we know is that it’s still up to dads to ask for family time.