Fatherhood is not a 'one-size-fits-all' cap you simply slip on once you have a baby. Working fathers wear many hats when they become a parent, and for each dad, how and when you wear these hats differs.
Nevertheless, active fatherhood will inevitably affect your success, but how is a slightly more complicated issue. Here are 5 ways being a father affects your success
1. Fathers Are More Hirable
A research out of Cornell discovered that, while employers tend to discriminate against moms, fatherhood actually boost opinion from employers.
As part of the research, experts sent employers fake, almost alike CVs with 1 major difference: some CVs indicated that the job applicant was part of a parent-teacher association.
Male candidates whose résumés stated that they belong to a parent-teacher association were recalled more often than men whose CVs didn't, while ladies who alluded to parenthood in this way were half as likely to be called back than women who didn't.
The research participants also considered dads as more desirable job applicants than moms and non-dads and thought them as more committed and competent than moms or men with no kids. Also, candidates who were fathers were permitted to be late to work more times than mothers or non-fathers.
2. Having a baby can help you earn more money if you're a father
Most men receive a wage bonus for being fathers. In an academic paper, a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Michelle J. Budig, writes that "While the gender pay gap has been decreasing, the pay gap related to parenthood is increasing."
In her fifteen years of investigation on the topic, Budig discovered that, on average, men earn six percent more when they have and live with a child, while women earn four percent less for each child they have.
3. Fathers are not less productive than non-fathers
Contrary to the common belief that parents, who often have more obligations than childless workers, are more likely to be distracted on duty, research submits that dads are not significantly less productive than non-dads. In fact, some fathers' productivity may profit from parenthood.
After examining the amount of research published by over 10,000 academic economists, experts commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis found out that, over the course of a 30-year career, dads of at least two kids are slightly more productive than dads of one child and childless men. Fathers become 52 percent more productive after the birth of twins.
4. Involved fathers often develop traits and skills that make them better employees
When experts at Clark University and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina, analyzed how managers' commitments to kids affected their work performance, they deduced that being a committed parent can really improve a manager's performance because child-rearing cultivates skills that are also useful at work.
The researchers stated that raising a family helps develop skills like patience, compromising, negotiating, multitasking and conflict resolution, and that experiences the home provide managers with positive feelings that carry over to the workplace and facilitate performance.
5. Fathers have more ambition than non-fathers
According to McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org, fathers are more likely to say they want to gain promotion and become a top executive than non-fathers.
Parents who were not interested in pursuing the C suite cited balancing family and work as their top reason. So dads not desiring to pursue top-level jobs seems to come down more to a lack of resources than a lack of ambition.