Workers taking paid family leave fight fear of stigma over absence

Last March, Unum conducted an online survey of 500 new parents – half of them fathers – finding that 37% of new dads feel there’s a stigma in their workplace around new parents taking time off. And although 62% said their employer offers paid parental leave, 50% said they spent 30 days or fewer away from the workplace after the birth or adoption of a child. That stigma, the survey found, involves a fear of being passed over for a promotion or being looked down on for taking time off.

At Unum, more than 300 employees have used the family leave plan since it launched last year, 40% of whom were new fathers, including 39-year-old Shawn Smith, vice president of benefit operations.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), an international provider of workplace benefits and services, has been helping workers and their families for 175 years. Through its Unum and Colonial Life brands, the company offers disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, vision and stop-loss insurance; leave and absence management support and behavioral health services. In 2022, Unum reported revenues of about $12 billion and paid $8 billion in benefits. The Fortune 500 company is one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies, recognized by Ethisphere®.  


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