On Father’s Day, We Should Take Time to Celebrate “Work Dads” Too

You may have heard some be called a “work husband” or “work wife” in the office before, playful terms of endearment we sometimes use for the co-workers we end up spending a lot of time with.

But with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to talk about “work dads,” or the mentors who stay connected to you throughout your entire career and become paternal figures.

Paternal connections

I have a “work dad,” a colleague who took me under his wing some 25 years ago and has been a strong positive force ever since. I couldn’t imagine my career without him, and to this day I still rely on his advice and guidance.

We already know that on-the-job mentorships are very effective at increasing engagement and overall job confidence at the workplace, but the long-term paternal connections that spring from those mentorships can be much more valuable to the individual.

Studies have shown that sustained involvement from a father or father figure can encourage less emotional and behavioral difficulties, more satisfactory personal relationships, along with reducing psychological stress — all of that leads to a better work experience.

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Father figures

It’s no secret that a strong, reliable father or father figure in a person’s life can make a world of difference in their development as a person, and usually lead to more positive work and life outcomes. As with all forms of employee appreciation, creating genuine and meaningful connections give you the biggest return.

If you have a work dad too, be sure to tell them thanks this Father’s Day.

Cord Himelstein has helped HALO Recognition become one of the leading providers of employee rewards, recognition and incentive solutions. Since 2007, he has been responsible for leading the company’s strategic marketing initiatives and communications efforts. Cord works closely with customers to help them develop measurable workforce recognition strategies and create memorable experiences for their employees.

Cord is also a recognized thought leader in the human resources community, and is a regular contributor to the company's corporate blog, where his articles have enjoyed national exposure through major HR publications including SHRM, Workspan, TLNT, Smartbrief, and Entrepreneur. Prior to joining HALO Recognition, Cord worked in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years, where he held senior positions with Elektra Entertainment and EMI Music Group.

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