Chris Marrable quit his last job because his employer would not give him the flexibility he needed to collect his 10-year-old son, Khyle, from school.
Mr Marrable is not unusual, a report by Diversity Council Australia has found. It estimates that 18 per cent of all men, including 37 per cent of young fathers and 29 per cent of men under 35, had ''seriously considered'' leaving an organisation because of a lack of flexibility.
Whatever their age, men want more flexible working hours to look after children, grandchildren and elderly relatives, and volunteer in the community. ''Many men would like flexibility but they're not all willing to ask because they think they may be turned down,'' said Mr Marrable, who is an adviser on workplace strategies for the property firm Colliers International.