Why should employers train line managers on how to manage expectant fathers and fathers with dependent children?
Line managers' relationships with their employees are key to the quality of employees' experience at work, but the personal bias of line managers can affect their decisions in respect of working fathers. A line manager is likely to find it difficult to manage an employee if the employee's experiences do not match the manager's own values. For example, if the line manager has a traditional view of the role of parents, he or she may find it difficult to manage an employee who shares parenting responsibilities with his partner. Training line managers to recognise their prejudices and the risks of prejudice could help them to make bias-free decisions and support working fathers.