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June 16, 2016

Would you judge a father for taking equal time off after child's birth?

In a poll, 54 percent of respondents said they feel their colleagues would

There is immense data on the benefits of father and child bonding

But as a new survey on workplace parental leave points out, many companies don't offer what is viewed as adequate time off for dad-and-newborn bonding after birth - and even if companies do, or if they did, taking paternity leave time equal to women is seen as having the potential to hinder men's reputations and career track.

The survey, which polled 1,000 U.S. employed adults with access to employer benefits from May 16-20, 2016, found 50 percent of parents would rather have more parental leave than a pay raise. 

At the same time though, more than half of the respondents – 54 percent – said they feel their "colleagues would judge a father who took the same amount of parental leave as a mother."

Still, an overwhelming majority of the workers surveyed – 64 percent – said companies should offer men and women the same amount of parental leave, and the majority said it has some sway as an employee selecting a company.

Read more on the survey findings here.