Having recently become a first-time dad to baby Zoe, Eugene has utilised our flexible working policy from day one, taking four-weeks paternity leave when she was first born. He currently works from home one day a week, and he will take an extended period of leave in the new year. He says, “My last day will be just before the Christmas break this year and I will take three months off to become Zoe’s primary carer.
“I have the full support of my manager and my team which is an amazing feeling, and one that I’m so appreciative for. By becoming the primary carer, my wife can re-enter the workforce. Giving her the opportunity to chase her career goals is important to me; it also gives Zoe and I time to establish our father-daughter bond which I’m excited for!”
When quizzed about parent-friendly workplaces, Eugene is quick to state that there is more work to be done. “Is there an opportunity for firms like WSP to partner with day cares to further promote their flexible work policies?
“Any little addition we can make will help us promote equality in the workplace. I think we are starting to make great strides in destigmatising our gender roles, but we need to keep the ball rolling. Dads don’t need to be ashamed to take time off to care for their children.”
Outside of work, Eugene is a keen cook who rates his chicken adobo, a traditional Filipino dish, as his finest. After family and cooking, his interests in rock climbing, board games and anything Marvel occupy his spare time.
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