Nominations open for second year of dads awards

Organisations can be recognised in one category, such as flexible working, or they can be recognised across multiple areas.

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The nominations are now open for the 2nd Working Dads Employer Awards, developed by the University of York’s Equal Parenting Project and Music Football Fatherhood.

The awards share a lot of our values in that they were set up to celebrate organisations that recognise and promote the role of fathers in driving gender equality in the workplace.

Dr Holly Birkett & Dr Sarah Forbes from the Equal Parenting Project said, “We are so pleased to be running the Working Dads Employer Awards again this year. Last year we saw some amazing examples of companies large and small being passionate and innovative about how they support fathers in the workplace, encourage more fathers to care and promote gender equality.”

They continued, “These awards celebrate the wonderful work companies are doing to support fathers, families and gender equality and we are excited to see what employers have been doing in the past year to further this agenda.”

The awards focus on four key areas where organisations are doing great work to support fathers in the workplace. The key categories of focus are:

  • Parental Leave policies
  • Flexible working for Dads
  • Supporting Returning Dads
  • Leadership and Culture

Elliott Rae, the founder of Music Football Fatherhood said, “I am delighted that more and more organisations are recognising the importance of supporting working dads to wellbeing, families and gender equity. So, to celebrate the employers that are doing work to support fathers in the workplace is brilliant and we can’t wait to see how this work is changing lives.”

Over the past five years the Equal Parenting Project research team at the Birmingham Business School and University of York led by Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes, has conducted extensive research on fathers in the workplace as well as flexible working usage and intentions among managers and employees since COVID-19. This has significantly informed employer practise and policy decisions promoting gender equality in the workplace.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Westminster on 21 June, where organisations, from SMEs through to multinationals will come together to share best practice and celebrate the successes of the winners.

More information about how to apply can be found here.

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