This report reviews the advantages and disadvantages for men of managing the competing demands of work and family—part-time work, flexible hours, shift-work and nonstandard hours—noting that take-up rates for Australian men are low.
Recently there has been an increasing interest in men's involvement in child care due to declining popular support for the traditional sexual division of labour, greater 'gender equity', men's own increased interest in fathering, and corporations seeking to become 'employers of choice' for skilled employees. The report consists of two parts:
- a review of the literature in the area; and
- two case studies of companies that have introduced family-friendly policies into the workplace.