Fatherly’s “50 Best Places To Work For New Dads,” the authoritative annual ranking of businesses by paternity leave and support for fathers of newborns, was created in partnership with several organizations and experts, including Stew Friedman, Director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project, Scott Behson, professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, and Paid Leave for the United States, a non-profit advocacy group. In consultation with these partners, Fatherly took a comprehensive and holistic look at how large companies are helping fathers pursue work-life balance. Human resources representatives from many, many businesses also assisted by providing information about shifting corporate policies and by helping Fatherly’s researchers identify industry leaders.
Fatherly’s researchers focused on six specific policies areas that, viewed in aggregate, expose the degree to which each company has prioritized providing aid and resources to new fathers. The specific areas of focus were as follows.
- Paid Leave
- Flexible Time Policies and Adoption Across the Workforce
- Corporate Childcare Policies and Offerings
- Dependent Care
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Parental Support Programs
The most heavily weighted criteria was length of paid leave provided to fathers. Access to childcare and flexible schedules were off secondary and tertiary importance. From there, benefits were assessed based on the likelihood that the package would allow employees to balance work and parenthood effectively and joyfully. Companies with policies differentiating between primary and secondary caregivers were ranked by secondary offerings.