Daddy’s home ‒ parental leave can increase work motivation (2016–2018)

Daddy’s home ‒ parental leave can increase work motivation (2016–2018)

Although the number of men who take parental leave has increased over recent years, the majority of family-related leaves are still being taken by women. The project is a collaborative effort between FIOH, the National Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Gender Equality Unit of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.


  • To encourage more fathers to take parental leave and share child care responsibilities with mothers.
  • To increase awareness of men’s parental leave options and to promote positive attitudes and practices concerning fathers taking family-related leaves.


FIOH is to carry out a subproject of Visible Fathers: recognising fathers’ care responsibilities at workplaces, called the Parental leave support model. The developmental workplace activities aim to promote family-friendly practices at the participating workplaces and to increase fathers’ use of parental leave. The developmental activities consist of supervisor training and informing employees at about seven workplaces.

The results of these activities will produce an operational model – the Parental leave support model– which will comprise material aimed towards all workplaces.

The National Institute for Health and Welfare, which also manages the project, will study fathers’ use of parental leaves and its obstacles. The Gender Equality Unit of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will carry out an awareness-raising campaign in co-operation with the Miessakit Association regarding increasing parental leave among men.

The project’s monitoring group is made up of the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (Akava), the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), Local Government Employers (KT), The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK), and the Office for the Government as Employer.


February 2016 ‒ January 2018.


EU Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme.