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Daddy time

One part kids, four parts work

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In the past decade, the number of fathers that have opted to work part-time has increased by only a fraction. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) 

Studies show that allowing fathers to work part-time can increase morale and reduce staff turnover. The Swiss employers association says men have basically the same access to part-time jobs as women do.

But whether or not men take up this option depends on the culture of the organisations they work in. Working part-time is often considered a career killer. Jobs are becoming increasingly specialised and demanding, requiring a full-time commitment.

Then there are also cultural barriers to overcome. Many people still feel that men should be the main earners. Fathers who stay at home to care for small children can feel undervalued in society, according to the umbrella group of organisations for men and fathers.

Even so, the organisation points out, many working Swiss dads would love to spend more time with their children. The group is trying to persuade more fathers to follow this path.

Swiss public television, SRF, met father-of-two, Thomas Stucki, who spends one day a week at home with his boys.