Beatrix Potter’s long-lost manuscript tells the story of Kitty, a cat who leads a double-life. Our Modern Families Index tells the story that it’s not just Miss Kitty – today’s working dads are too.

Amongst the news this week was an exciting announcement of a long-lost Beatrix Potter manuscript – never published before.

Those familiar with Beatrix Potter will know she is most recognised as an author of children’s books featuring animals, such as the much loved Tales of Peter Rabbit. 

The unpublished story, written more than 100 years ago, tells the story of Kitty-in-Boots. In her own words, Beatrix describes the story of Miss Kitty, a “well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life”. Known also as Miss Catherine St Quintin, Miss Kitty’s owner would be surprised had she ever seen Kitty in ‘little fur-lined boots’. 

The highly-anticipated book is due to be published later this year and research from our latest report the ‘Modern Families Index’ tells the story that it’s not just Kitty leading a double-life; in fact, today’s working dads are too.

The dad behind the mask

It comes as no surprise that family and relationships remain the number one priority for working parents and carers. What is surprising however is that dads continue to be afraid to be associated with caring responsibilities and are often hiding their family obligations from their employer. The results of which mean dads are taking drastic action to keep up.

The picture is a complex one too for both employees and their employers. Coupled with increased sick leave, stress and burnout for the employee, jugging family and work also impacts on recruitment, retention and engagement for their organisation.

But in the problem lies the solution! 

The statistics show just how important working families believe it is to be seen to work in a certain way, from putting in extra hours to leading their double-lives – just because culture demands it. 

To help families and organisations, a shift in attitude is required for everyone. We know that company culture is key and a positive culture, in which everyone is able to bring their whole selves to work, means a better environment for our people and greater success for our organisations.