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Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper

Happiness in one aspect of our life can positively impact upon our satisfaction within other domains of our life. The opposite also rings true. Today’s generation of working people have often been called the generation who want it all. But can we really have it all? And at what cost to our and others’ happiness? Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers explores ways in which contemporary working people can thrive in a complex, volatile and uncertain world. Combining both research and practice, the contributors of this book cover all bases from individual wellbeing, family, work and career experiences, to leadership. They conclude by providing the reader with tools to combine what they have learnt and apply it to their own lives.

Chapter 5: Helping fathers flourish in all parts of their lives

Alyssa F. Westring, Stewart D. Friedman and Kyle Thompson-Westra

Subjects: business and management, gender and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy


Research on the relationship between work and the rest of life has been linked historically with the concerns of working mothers. Not surprisingly, as women have entered the workforce in ever-increasing numbers, there has been both popular and academic enthusiasm for discussions of the challenges and opportunities for working mothers. Yet, as women’s roles have changed, so have the roles and values of men (Friedman, 2013). Men are spending more time with their children than ever before and increasingly contribute to domestic responsibilities. Despite the increased engagement with family, working fathers still face expectations of total commitment to work (Rudman and Mescher, 2013). Paid paternity leave is a rarity in the United States and most men take less than two weeks off work following the birth of a child (Harrington et al., 2010).

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