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  • Balancing act: Working dads’ changing roles - 07/04/2015

    “Involved fathering has positive work-related outcomes that can benefit organizations,” says Jamie Ladge, an associate professor of management and organizational development at Boston’s Northeastern University and an author of a study on fathers published in the Academy of Management Perspectives in February.

    But Ladge says her research also found that many men feel stigmatized at work if they are too “conspicuously” involved at home. They may even be made to feel less of a man: Men in Ladge’s study reported enduring negative reactions and teasing inside and outside the workplace. These reactions may be among the reasons why men use flexibility informally and decline to take paternity leave even when it is available.

    “Being a little bit involved is good,” Ladge told me. “Being too involved is perceived as a bad thing.”

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