Flexible working conditions help families with children

Sami Tammisto, who works at the National Land Survey in support for cadastral survey production, has since his child was born used a total of about two months of paternal and parental leave. This summer, he will go on child-care leave and he will return to work at the start of 2019.

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Sami decided to go on family leave because he wants to be an active presence in the daily life of his child. He also thinks that a child's first years are important for the development of a good father-child relationship.

'My common-law wife and myself found it self-evident that we would be equals as parents and providers from the start', says Sami.

In Finland, the majority of family leave days are used by women. According to statistics from the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA), mothers used 90.5 percent and fathers 9.5 percent of parenthood allowance days. Women accounted for 93 percent of child home care allowance recipients. A fifth of all fathers do not take any parental leave at all. In 2017 at the National Land Survey, four men were on child care leave, three on parental leave and 50 on paternal leave.

Work in many locations makes life easier for families with children

Daily challenges for parents with small children include accompanying the children to and from day care, caring for children who are ill, visiting the doctor and child welfare clinics and attending events at school or day care. Flexible working hours and work in many locations make it easier to deal with the challenges of daily life.

'The National Land Survey wants to support employees who have small children. Flexible working arrangements are an excellent way of making the daily life easier for families with children. When fathers go on parental leave, it promotes equality in the workplace' says HR Director Tuula Manninen.

Supervisor's encouragement is important

The prevalent attitudes of a workplace can either make it easier or more difficult to combine work and family life. Attitudes and organisational culture are also a determining factor in the gender-based distribution of parental leave. The positive attitude of management and supervisors is important in creating a family-friendly organisational culture.

'My supervisor's attitude was positive and he in no way questioned my wish to go on parental leave. In general, attitudes have been positive. My team was also positive and my tasks have been redistributed within the team while I'm on leave', says Sami.

Sami strongly urges fathers to go on parental leave.

'As a parent, I'm irreplaceable, but someone else can easily do my work.'

More information

Senior Specialist Sami Tammisto, +358 40 573 5233
HR Director Tuula Manninen, + 358 40 727 1263

firstname.lastname@nls.fi

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