Fathers who spend time with their kids make happier employees

Working fathers who see their children daily are more satisfied with their jobs and less likely to resign, according to a new study.

The findings, to be published next month in the Academy of Management Perspectives, suggests that companies should allow working fathers time with family as way to increase employee retention. It also hints at the importance of flexible schedules so that fathers can be there for their children, even during traditional office hours.

“Instead of promoting ideals based on outdated gender norms, firms need to recognize fatherhood as a serious and time-consuming activity, both through formal flex programs and through encouraging supervisors to support fathers in fulfilling family commitments,” Jamie Ladge, a management professor at Northeastern University who co-authored the study, said in a statement. “This is especially so in view of the enhanced job satisfaction and company loyalty that our study suggests is fostered by involved fathering.”