Honouring Fathers in the Workplace
Celebrating Father’s Day is an old tradition that can be traced back to the middle ages of Europe. The tradition carried over to North America, in the early twentieth century, where it was implemented on the third Sunday of June to complement Mother’s Day. Yet, it did not become an official holiday in the U.S. until 1972.
Today, fathers are taking on more childcare and household duties than in previous generations. A survey from 2011 indicates that dads are spending an average of 17 hours per week focused on the homestead on top of a full-time job, compared with the 6.5 hours per week of fathers from 1965. Despite this increase, further studies show that fathers in traditional two parent households still contribute far less time and energy to the running of the household and raising kids than their female partners.
Regardless of whether fathers are working full-time or becoming part of the growing trend of stay-at-home dads, their increased help at home and hard work for their families is important to recognize this Father’s Day!
At the office, a great way to celebrate Father’s Day is to give out small gifts to the men, such as a gift certificate for the movie theatre, or their favourite cafe. Bringing in treats or lunch to the office is also sure to go over well with your employees. If there are budget restrictions, organizing a potluck lunch works just as well. Even a handwritten note thanking each dad for their hard work can go a long way towards making them feel appreciated.
These are just a few ideas on how to take advantage of this opportunity to build a rapport with your employees and cultivate a positive work culture!