Recognized for Efforts to Help Fathers be Equal Parenting Partners
NEW YORK – November 13, 2018 – Working Mother revealed its first list of “Best Companies for Dads,” celebrating organizations that lead in the areas of paternity leave, phase-back programs, telecommuting opportunities, flexible schedules, and more. Lenovo was one of the 35 companies recognized on this year’s list.
“Millennial dads want to be very involved in raising their children and to do that, they need support from their employers,” says Meredith Bodgas, Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother. “These trend-setting companies are helping erase the stigma attached to men taking off time to bond with their new babies, utilizing telecommuting opportunities or flexible schedules in order to be more involved on the homefront. Not only does this help dads, it helps moms succeed both at home and at work, and puts them on more equal footing.”
We believe that employees are our greatest asset, and we’re focused on the whole employee. That includes the health of the family and how our employees integrate work and life, said Seth Smiley-Humphries, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Lenovo. “That’s why we offer benefits like flexible working environments with remote work and seven weeks of paid paternity leave in the U.S.”
“In order for companies to advance working mothers, they must support their working fathers,” said Subha V. Barry, President of Working Mother Media. “The level of enthusiasm we received from our founding sponsors was through the roof and speaks volumes about how organizations are recognizing the importance of supporting both working moms and dads. The Working Mother Best Companies for Dads strive to create a supportive environment for all working parents and we hope other organizations take notice and follow their lead.”
Key Facts About the 2018 “Best Companies for Dads” list:
- 100 percent offer fully paid paternity leave vs. 29 percent nationally*, with the average amount offered nine weeks. The average amount taken was seven weeks.
- 100 percent offer fully paid adoption leave vs. 28 percent nationally*, with the average amount offered 10 weeks. The average amount taken was nine weeks.
- 86 percent offer financial benefits for in-vitro fertilization and 49 percent for use of a surrogate.
- 85 percent of men in these companies use flexible schedules.
- 82 percent of men in these companies telecommute at least some of the time.
*Society for Human Resource Management
About the Methodology
To determine this list, the Working Mother Research Institute examined answers to questions related to dads submitted to the application for Working Mother’s annual 100 Best Companies. Those questions include paternity leave, adoption leave, surrogacy and fertility benefits, phase-back programs, childcare options, telecommuting opportunities, and employee-resource groups for men. The responses were then assigned points, with the 35 organizations listed here receiving the highest number of points.
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