retailer Comet is to give fathers time off to spend with their sons.
managing director Rob Cissell announced the plan as part of the Department for
Education and Skills’ Dads & Sons campaign.
September Comet, whose workforce is 69 per cent male, will offer employee
fathers one paid hour off work to spend pursuing educational activities with
their 11-14 year old sons.
Dads & Sons ‘Give an Hour’ scheme is a fantastic opportunity for Comet to
proactively support our employees in their role as parents, and as a dad of a
young son myself, I can certainly recognise the huge benefit in us spending
time together," said Cissell. "Any initiative that helps dads develop
a good relationship with their sons deserves huge support – hence Comet’s
involvement with this great scheme."
of policy research at the Work Foundation, Andy Westwood, said:
"Increasingly, companies are realising that it is in their interests to
help their staff achieve a healthy work-life balance. Employees are often parents
too and nothing beats investing time in the education and development of
children. The Dads & Sons ‘Give an Hour’ initiative is a step in the right