This Episode: How Supporting Dads Is The Key To Gender Equality – with Ian Dinwiddy
Ian Dinwiddy is the founder of Inspiring Dads, which aims to help HR Leaders support their new dads, enhancing gender equality at home and at work, and improve well-being, performance and culture.
Ian joins Lucinda this week, to talk about why inspiring and supporting new dads across organisations provides a significant route to gender equality.
- A parental transition for anyone is tricky, and requires support. But in the case of dads, there is a tendency to sometimes overlook their needs, or be slightly more dismissive.
- Slipping into gender stereotyping can be very easy when we become parents. Tradition suggests that women should remain home and men should immediately return to work. But we live in a world where conversations about this stereotyping should be encouraged. We must remove the stigma surrounding men who choose to be the one to stay at home.
- In terms of equality, the companies that stand out are the ones who combine their policies on leave, and look for overarching strategies that work for any case.
- Allowing men to take leave will eventually re-align the stereotypical way of thinking – that becoming a parent makes you somehow less effective in the workplace.
Best Moments from ‘How Supporting Dads Is The Key To Gender Equality – with Ian Dinwiddy‘
‘We helped stressed dads to balance work and fatherhood’
‘In order to promote gender equality, it should be just as easy for men to stay at home’
‘However you become a parent, you are entitled to the same amount of leave’
‘It changes your perspective of roles and responsibilities in the business’
About the Guest, Ian Dinwiddy
Ian Dinwiddy is the founder of Inspiring Dads, which aims to help HR Leaders support their new dads, enhancing gender equality at home and at work, and improve well-being, performance and culture. An ex management consultant, two time stay at home dad, and national league hockey umpire, he delivers coaching, presentations and workshops to help businesses enhance their offer for new dads, supporting extended parental leave and broader gender equality initiatives.
About The Host
Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda also has a further 10 as CEO of Actus Software where she worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.
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