Best practice for the promotion of caring masculinities to improve work life balance

Donor: European Commission
Duration: 2019 - 2022

Men are becoming ever more engaged in caring activities, because they not only want and need to provide economic resources but also care for relevant others. Yet, all over Europe men encounter barriers to become involved in caring, which need to be reduced. Men in Care is a European a 3-year project (March 2019-Feb 2022) of 12 national organizations (universities, social partners and NGOs) co-funded by the European Commission under the EaSI program (PROGRESS axis). Men in Care (MiC) aims to improve workplace conditions to promote men taking caring roles in seven countries (Austria, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Slovenia and Spain). MiC will assess how policies and workplace cultures can change to enable men to become more active in caring for children, elderly, partners, co-workers and friends. This project aims to involve workers, trade unions, employers, and families in identifying and sharing best practices for achieving a high level of work-life-balance for employees. Not only women but also men want to have time and flexibility to care for themselves and others.

Why is Men in Care important?
Easing men’s involvement in care can have positive effects on themselves, on people in their near social environment, on organizations and the whole society. Employees with a better work-life-balance are more satisfied with their life, have stronger family relationships, show a greater loyalty towards their organizations and develop more competencies. MiC actions will show ways to reduce gender inequalities in work-life-balance policies and practices in order to improve the well-being of women and men.

You can find the national benchmarking reports, which include context analyses as well as organizational analyses on the following link.