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Father’s Day

Father’s Day in the UK is celebrated on Sunday 16th of June this year and of course, it’s not only a time for family gatherings or personal reflection at home but it is also an opportunity for workplaces to recognise and support their employees who are fathers or have stepped into a fatherly role. With family dynamics having taken a dramatic shift over recent years away from tradition, it can be an especially sensitive time of year for employees who do not have a father themselves or who are struggling with family issues of any kind.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 17, 2024

Father’s Day in the UK is celebrated on Sunday 16th of June this year and of course, it’s not only a time for family gatherings or personal reflection at home but it is also an opportunity for workplaces to recognise and support their employees who are fathers or have stepped into a fatherly role. With family dynamics having taken a dramatic shift over recent years away from tradition, it can be an especially sensitive time of year for employees who do not have a father themselves or who are struggling with family issues of any kind.

Therefore, it is important for companies to recognise this and to create an inclusive and supportive environment which respects and acknowledges the variety of experiences that employees have had or are going through. This approach not only honours the tradition of the day but also appreciates the varied individual roles that employees play in providing support and guidance which in turn helps to create a more inclusive and compassionate workplace.

By incorporating Father’s Day into workplace culture, it can boost morale and emphasise the importance of work life balance. Simple gestures such as verbally acknowledging Father’s Day during the course of the day while remaining sensitive to differing personal circumstances can make employees feel valued and appreciated  and can significantly contribute towards employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Some organisations choose to even go a step further on Father’s Day which can include offering flexible working hours on the day or family friendly events where some employers can allow employee’s children to visit the workplace. If planned out properly then these types of initiatives can create a family friendly atmosphere that can help to attract and retain talent.

Additionally, by recognising Father’s Day at work, this can act as a reminder about educating staff around policies concerning parental leave because companies that encourage their staff to take full advantage of their policies are demonstrating a firm commitment to gender equality and the importance of a positive work life balance. As mentioned in previous articles, this is an extremely important factor for maintaining mental health.

Supporting fathers or those with any kind of parental responsibility in the workplace aligns with the broader shifts that society has witnessed and as social expectations continue to evolve, we are seeing more single fathers, more blended families, more parents who share the responsibility for their children equally, more step families, more same sex parents and more fathers who take active roles than for example,only a few decades ago. This allows for stronger foundations in workplaces and a more cohesive team environment.

For those many individuals who are not fathers or perhaps have no father figure of their own to celebrate and reflect upon, workplaces can acknowledge mentors who have served in guiding or supportive roles, overseeing others. Mentors often provide useful guidance, advice and encouragement and help employees navigate their careers and both professional and personal challenges.

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