The latest Talking Benefits podcast episode is out and, this month, we talk fatherhood and work-life balance. My colleague Justin Held, Senior Research Analyst at the Foundation AND awesome father of two, had the opportunity to interview Dr. Brad Harrington, research professor and director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

His recent work focuses on paternity, particularly the balance (or conflict) between a father advancing their career and providing care for their children. Justin and Dr. Harrington discuss these research findings, taking a deeper dive into issues facing working fathers and how employers can provide support. Topics covered include:

  • Considerations for how caregiving should be divided between partners and what Dr. Harrington’s research has found on this topic
  • How the pandemic has impacted caregiving trends
  • Action steps/recommendations on how to reduce the conflict of career advancement and fatherhood from an employer perspective.

This is such an interesting, important and ever-evolving topic—Be sure to give this one a listen!

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Anne Patterson
Communications and Social Marketing Strategist

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Anne Patterson

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Favorite Foundation Product: Foundation Community. It’s like LinkedIn but only for Foundation members. They can post questions, share best practices, etcall with fellow members who also live and breathe employee benefits.

Benefits-related Topics That Interest Her Most: Workplace wellness (especially mental health), diversity, equity and inclusion, behavioral decision making, family-friendly benefits, payroll audits.

Personal Insight: When she’s not busy analyzing the inner workings of her toddler’s brain (does anyone actually know?!), Anne finds joy in home renovation and décor, haiku writing, watching Jeopardy, creating charcuterie boards, and bicycling.

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