Tips & Stories

INS – the small Aussie company outdoing Google

30/05/2018

Listen here INS Career Management is an impressive trailblazer for family friendly small businesses! The company provide a free on-site crèche, flexible working, daily yoga, boxing, walking clubs and more. This month, Parents At Work CEO, Emma Walsh, interviews Sophia Symeou, CEO and co-founder, and Adam Aaron, Learning and Development Manager of the Sydney company…

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Having a flexible approach to work – do the benefits outweigh challenges?

04/05/2018

  June 6 is Flexible Working Day – an international day to celebrate and showcase the benefits of flexible work for both people and organisations. “It is about people working in ways that allow them to achieve their best and for employers to reap the rewards.” (Flexible Working Day, 2018)   A flexible approach to work is…

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4 Tips for Managing Single Parent Life

20/04/2018

Photo by Unsplash   Being a parent can be one of the most difficult jobs there is. Add being single to it, and you just doubled the potential stress that can come with it. The challenges are seemingly endless, however there are ways to ease (if not eradicate) the sense of burden.   Whether you…

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Can Australia learn from the United States on Paid Parental Leave?

09/04/2018

By Emma Walsh, CEO Parents At Work It’s well-known the United States lags stubbornly behind its fellow OECD nations when it comes to introducing a federally-funded, nation-wide approach to paid parental leave. What’s less well-known is that there’s a growing number of U.S. states going it alone that do provide paid family leave.  Washington state recently passed its parental-leave…

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Women and the Future of Work: Parental leave helping to close the gender equality gap

16/03/2018

Why Forward-Thinking Employers are Paying Attention to Gender-Based Research – and what Parental Leave has got to do with it.   Landmark research released last week by the University of Sydney revealed a number of insights about the future of work and how workplaces will need to adapt.   2,100 working women, 500 working men…

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Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy this Winter

16/03/2018

  Sarah Hunstead – Founder of CPR Kids – is a paediatric emergency nurse or ‘saving angel’ and mother of two. Last year, she joined Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents At Work, for a discussion about how we can support children during Winter in regards to health and safety.  Heading into the colder winter months now, we…

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Pressing for progress: Making law a family friendly profession

16/03/2018

  Traditionally, the law industry has been notorious for its unfamily-friendly workplace practices, which have particularly penalised mothers in need of flexibility  from reaching their full career potential. But times are changing, the ‘old’ model of practising law is being disrupted (and not just by technology). The ‘exclusivity’ status quo is being challenged and a…

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Inspiring Women in Law Who Did It Anyway – Belinda Harvey Interview

16/03/2018

LISTEN HERE READ the transcript here In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 and the #PressforProgress theme we interviewed Belinda Harvey who is one woman doing it her way – in an industry that is renowned for making it exceptionally difficult for women to make it to leadership positions. Belinda who is Partner at International…

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Addressing the ‘motherhood penalty’: Make dads more than an ‘optional extra’ in parental leave policy to close the gender equality gap

16/03/2018

    The number of working parents – particularly working mothers – continues to rise and yet the number dads taking parental leave persistently isn’t budging – with only 2% of Australian dads taking parental leave. “An investigation by the Diversity Council in 2014 found raising children accounted for ‘a 17% loss in lifetime wages…

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Job hunting tips

16/03/2018

  Are you struggling with job hunting? Perhaps you’re returning to the workforce after parental leave, or simply searching for that dream job that suits you? Satisfying the skills and experience needed for the job, building that stand-out resume, and nailing your interview can feel like an impossible mountain hike. We provide 10 applicable tips…

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3 skills working parents and their managers must develop

16/03/2018

  Working parents need 3 core skills to ‘thrive’ at work and at home: Adaptability, Flexibility and Resilience.    We’ve all heard the expression “Got a job to do? Give it to a busy person (aka: mum).” But just how much can one busy ‘hands on’ mum or dad handle before the juggling balls begin…

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Design your life in 6 simple steps? We interview the author that explains how

25/01/2018

  Listen to the podcast here Read the interview with Gill McLaren here Recently our CEO, Emma Walsh, interviewed Gill McLaren, author of Think, Plan Live; a step- by- step workbook and coaching guide to defining and designing your best life.  In today’s busy lifestyle, the core of life design is working out what you…

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Balancing work and family: Tips for single fathers

17/01/2018

Single fathers today face a deeply rooted social bias that calls into question their ability to meet the demands of parenthood. It’s a prejudicial view that’s been around for decades. The New York Times reported 30 years ago on a study which found that single dads felt discriminated against because of an image which vilified…

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Returning to work after a career break? Introducing the Deloitte Returnship Program

10/01/2018

Listen to the podcast here Feel like it’s time to re-start your career? Last year, Deloitte Australia launched the highly successful Returnship Program – a back to work employment program designed for talented candidates who have taken an extended break or leave from their career. Parents At Work proudly partnered with Deloitte to deliver the…

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Leading Career Development All the Way– Inside Deloitte’s Return to Work Program

10/01/2018

Listen to the podcast here Last year Deloitte Australia launched the highly successful Returnship Program – a back to work employment program designed for candidates who have taken an extended break or leave from their career.  The program is back by popular demand with applications open until February for the 2018 intake. A first of…

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2018 – The Year of Sharing the Caring?

21/12/2017

  As I close out for another year, in fact my 10th year running Parents At Work, my wish for 2018 is the same as it’s been for the last decade: I hope next year will be easier – the juggle I mean – for families everywhere. That is my New Year’s Resolution. How can I,…

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What advice do you have for parents looking for childcare?

18/12/2017

Q. What advice do you have for parents looking for childcare? I’ve heard it’s extremely hard to “get in”. How do you secure a place at the centre you want? A. Visiting and talking to the carers will be your best chance of finding the perfect place for your child. If possible try to drop…

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The future of work is FAMILY FRIENDLY – How does your organisation make it happen?

04/12/2017

We all belong to families and every family is unique. “As Gen X and Y continue to merge as the ‘new breed’ of two income parents juggling busy careers and family life; their needs, expectations and realities are very different from the generation before them; is your workplace ready?” Emma Walsh, CEO Parents At Work…

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WGEA update: Creating Family Friendly Workplaces still not on the agenda

27/11/2017

WGEA reports mixed progress on support for caring and a decline in paid parental leave support. The latest WGEA Gender Equality Scorecard 2017 released in November reveals the slow progress being made by Australian employers when it comes to advancing parental leave and providing employees with caring support.

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Tips for Travelling with Kids

16/11/2017

Recently we were asked by one of our course attendees if we had any tips for travelling with a toddler. It’s not so unusual these days for working parents to travel with their children on business trips as well as your regular family holiday. The question every parent has asked – especially when it comes…

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1 in 5 Mums, 1 in 10 Dads – How to support employees and colleagues with PND

23/10/2017

1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads: these are the shocking figures on perinatal anxiety and depression in Australia. The question is, what are we doing about it? Feeling down or stressed during one of the most joyful times of your life is not the way it should be. The good news is, there is…

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Michael Johnston and Westpac – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

18/09/2017

About Michael Michael is a Sydney-based working dad of two kids, a boy and a girl. He took parental leave under Westpac’s generous three months paid scheme when his daughter Esther was around 6 months old. Now, having returned back to his full time role, Michael is able to make use of the company’s agile…

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Adam Bird and KPMG – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

18/09/2017

About Adam Adam is a Sydney-based working dad and Senior Manager of Audit and Assurance at KPMG Australia. Adam has 10+ years audit and assurance experience across the UK and Australian KPMG firms, successfully leading multiple large engagement teams primarily in the FMCG, Telecommunications, Gaming, Pharmaceutical, Distribution and Manufacturing sectors. In May 2016, Adam Bird…

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Sean Glover and Westpac – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

18/09/2017

  Next in a series of case studies celebrating dads who have taken an extended parental leave we interview Sean Glover, Deputy head of Government Affairs at Westpac for his  perspective on balancing his caring responsibilities with a busy career. About Sean Sean is a Sydney-based working dad – married and a father to two…

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Dion Palin and Lendlease – Dads on Parental Leave Case Study

18/09/2017

First in a series of case studies celebrating Dads who have taken an extended parental leave we interviewed Dion Palin, Finance Manager at Lendlease for his unique perspective on being a stay at home dad and then working flexibly with the work-life balance demands of managing a successful career. About Dion Dion is a Brisbane-based…

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The link between work and family life – An SBS interview with Parents At Work founder Emma Walsh

21/08/2017

Our CEO Emma Walsh was recently interviewed by SBS about what it’s like for modern parents to juggle a busy career with caring responsibilities as well as introduce a new exciting project coming to Australia in September – Swedish Dads in Australia!  To listen to the complete interview tap here. “Emma Walsh is helping parents…

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The 5 hour work day – a success story for one Managing Director and his family

21/08/2017

For the average employee, an eight-hour day is the norm. Indeed, it may be nothing more than the minimum, with an expectation that more hours at work means demonstrating dedication to one’s role and company. It’s no different for Jonathan Elliot, Managing Director at Collins SBA. At least, it wasn’t. “The standard eight-hour day is…

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How Australian Businesses Can Better Support Working Dads

09/08/2017

These days, working while raising children is increasingly common. According to the ABS Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, 62% of coupled parents work, while 60% of single parents work. What’s more, 90% of dads with children under 15 are employed, meaning the vast majority of Australian fathers are juggling work and parenting commitments…

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Managing Your Career with Sick Kids

18/07/2017

As sure as night follows day, the first few years of parenthood, that no one really warns you about, is guaranteed to include dealing with endless days of sick kids whose germs often spread throughout the whole family, derailing everyone. New parents can find themselves feeling wiped out with worry and sleep deprivation. Once your…

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More Than Just Family – Top Qualities of The Workplaces Where People Take Care of Each Other

05/07/2017

The workplace of the future  starts with how we treat ourselves – first and foremost. Before we can truly nurture our children, love our partners, care for our colleagues and friends we must first give all of these things to ourselves. For if we do not, we have no real marker for the quality of…

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Meditation for Mums and Dads

08/06/2017

Is there such a thing? Well, yes and no. No in terms of meditation is meditation – a simple reconnection to your body or ‘union with your self’ as Katie Walls said in our recent special event webinar Meditation for Mums and Dads. Meditation places no biases or pre-requisites on us. It is a tool…

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Working dads, working flexibly – How to create better work-life balance during the early years of fatherhood?

05/06/2017

This month for Working Dads Connect (our regular online ‘men’s shed’) we interviewed Dr Adam Fraser – Human Performance Researcher and author of The Third Space. To kick start the webinar our Parents At Work CEO called out some sobering statistics about the state of play for men today: 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives [Beyond Blue] and 1 in…

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The Effects of Technology on Kids and How to Avoid the Techno Tantrums

11/05/2017

We all know what it’s like to get hooked on a T.V. show or a Facebook feed or an email to do list. It’s the plight of the modern man – the desire to be in the digital world versus the real world. A recent study highlighted how grown adults will choose an electric shock…

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How to Unlock the Learning Potential of Your Child

04/05/2017

We all want our children to be at ease in themselves – the adult that is capable, responsible, warm-hearted and, most importantly, genuinely enjoys being themselves. The question is, how do we support our child to have this foundation within themselves, particularly if they find learning difficult? This week we interviewed integrative child psychotherapist Vanessa…

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Why do a working families survey?

26/04/2017

Working families are the backbone of our community and our economy in Australia.  Parents At Work felt very strongly about the need to tell the story of working parents.  Specifically what happens at the intersection of work and family.  However their story is not being told in its full glory.  Working families are traditionally an…

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7 tips for working parents when experiencing “one of those days”

26/04/2017

I was shuffling my kids into the car one morning when I heard two crying children (not mine!!) and looked up to see a very hassled neighbour looking like he wanted to pull his hair out. I gave him a wave and a smile and asked “Having fun?” in an attempt to put a sense…

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Work-Life Balance for Working Dads – 9 Top Tips

06/04/2017

“Many men still feel they need to be the provider and gets them stuck in their roles… This is a universal challenge – how can we be a good dad and have a successful career?” Scott Behson Working dads today are faced with unique challenges – as well as opportunities – that previous generations never had. …

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How do you build a successful parental leave program in your organisation?

04/04/2017

Parents At Work recently hosted a panel webinar for HR and diversity professionals to support organisations to develop a successful parental leave program. Invaluable and insightful for people leaders, this webinar dug deep into the heart of two national organisations who shared some of the initiatives they have implemented to help parents navigate parental leave…

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Conquering the morning routine – How to stop the battle of the wills: working parent versus child

23/03/2017

Who knew (pre-kids) it could be so challenging getting ready and out the door in the morning? Or how long a dinner, bath and bed routine could take? Or the patience required when a child is learning to read when there’s a pile of reports needing to be read? Life as a working parent can…

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Taking work-life balance to the next level (and how gender appreciation can get us there)

15/03/2017

Sometimes it feels like a hard slog uphill on the search for work-life balance in our lives. Some days, we might see work-life balance as a cruel myth – presenting like a dangling carrot in front of the pram (or spreadsheet) promising some form of enlightened bliss… a ‘one day’ type daydream for how we…

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Top Tips for Navigating Your Career Crossroad

27/02/2017

This week our CEO Emma Walsh interviewed Jane Jackson, Career Management Coach and author of the best selling book Navigating Career Crossroads. The discussion revolved around how common it is for people move away from their anchor or their purpose and gradually find themselves on a career trajectory they don’t want to be on, or…

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What is it like working for the most family friendly organisation in the world?

27/02/2017

I don’t mean to brag. Well, yes I do actually. It’s important to share something when it works so well – not in the quest for recognition, but with the genuine reason to inspire. What pray tell am I inspiring, I hear you ask? A workplace and an employer – in particular, a CEO –…

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20 Reasons Why Progressive Organisations Start Working Parent Programs

22/02/2017

It costs the Australian economy an estimated $24 billion per annum due to parents stressing and dealing with family issues at work. 80% of this productivity loss is not visible. Many working parents are unsatisfied with their work-life balance with some reducing participation or opting out completely. The impact of the work life squeeze can also mean…

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Demystifying Kindy – What Parents Can Expect

23/01/2017

What is the first year of primary school like for you as the parent? The child care centre your child is leaving and the school your child is going to is very much focused on the child’s point of view, and rightly so. But what support is on offer for parents? Sure, we’ve all experienced…

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20 fit & fun activities to do with children over the school holidays

21/12/2016

School holidays are here. Don’t let your youngsters spend 6 weeks on the couch glued to their screens, encourage your children to get moving! Children have such an amazing amount of energy – how can they possible burn through all that energy by playing computer games? They need to get outdoors and be active. Here are…

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Flexibility in the Workplace Begins At Home

21/12/2016

The division of paid and unpaid work The average amount of unpaid work done by women is 311 minutes/day.  The average amount of unpaid work done by men is 172 minutes/day.  These numbers were reported by the OECD in 2014.  This could be one of the main reasons why more men than women work full-time.…

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Not Guilty – Eradicating the G-factor for a better career / life balance

15/12/2016

“Most women are not thinking about ‘having it all’, they’re worried about losing it all – their jobs, their children’s health, their families’ financial stability – because of the regular conflicts that arise between being a good employee and a responsible parent,” observed Ellen Bravo, director of the Family Values @ Work consortium. This is…

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The Challenges of Life as a Working Dad

28/11/2016

I recently attended a working parent networking breakfast and panel discussion.  It was located in the centre of Sydney, in one of the city’s biggest buildings, owned by one of Australia’s most prestigious companies. There were roughly equal numbers of Mums and Dads at the event, perhaps because the topic that morning was focused on…

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How can we address ‘unconscious bias’ in the workplace when we haven’t addressed ‘conscious bias’ yet?

22/11/2016

“Unconscious bias”. These are certainly buzz words bound to draw an enthusiastic response from progressive business leaders. Training on unconscious bias helps to raise awareness of blind spots and remove or reduce the possibility of unconsciously discriminating against those who do not match the value system we have developed throughout our lives. Research and training…

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WGEA’s latest report: How does Australia score on Gender Equality in the Workplace?

17/11/2016

I had the pleasure of joining our Founder and CEO Emma Walsh yesterday at the National Press Club in Canberra to listen to the Head of Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Libby Lyons deliver the key findings of the agency from the 2015 – 2016 reporting data. You can access the findings in a…

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Australia Rates Second Worst in Paid Parental Leave

02/11/2016

Thank you Jessica Irvine for reminding Australians about the point of having a Government assisted Paid Parental Leave Scheme in your recent article –  Paid parental leave: Australian parents will become the worst off in the developed world. We’d all be forgiven for failing to recall why it’s fundamental to the social and economic fabric…

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Leadership Lessons for Your Teenager – An interview with Dr. Tim Hawkes

01/11/2016

Recently we interviewed author and educator Dr. Tim Hawkes about his book 10 Leadership Lessons You Must Teach Your Teenager. Dr Hawkes leads 1700 pupils at The Kings School in Sydney and has raised three children himself.  He says that he wrote the book because he was concerned that there was not enough information to…

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Juggling Toddlers & Work – Parenting tips for modern working parents

24/10/2016

Toddlerhood is a rewarding and challenging time for both ourselves and our children. Whilst there is much growth and exciting development at this time there is also a lot to navigate in terms of tricky behaviour and messy learnings. All this change whilst juggling a career and other commitments, relationships etc can make these first…

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6 Simple Tips for Working Parents this National Carers Week

19/10/2016

This week (16 – 22 October) is National Carers Week all across Australia.  In celebration of all that carers offer we have 6 tips to support working parents (and carers in general) to utilise in the workplace. Tips for Working Parents At Work Talk about your caring responsibilities openly – others might not know that…

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2.86 Million Australians Provide Unpaid Care

19/10/2016

This week (16 – 22 October) is National Carers Week all across Australia.  “National Carers week is about celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers make to our nation.” Concerning Facts for Organisations In 2016, a landmark study of Australian working mums and dads estimated the loss of productivity costs with managing work…

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Valuing Our Relationships

04/10/2016

Our most successful special event to date, our interview with psychotherapist Jean Gamble, has got a lot of people talking… we heard feedback that the webinar made it to the football pitch the next day – the event was that fantastic. Here’s a taster of what was presented… On what Jean hears consistently as a…

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Teen Time: Supporting Teenagers Through the Rollercoaster Years

13/09/2016

Do you dread the teenage years? You’re not alone – many parents do. In our latest free community webinar Lucy Dahill – youth mentor, advocate and radio host – talked to Emma Walsh about how you can see this time as a ‘relationship development’ with your teen instead of living with the dread of what’s…

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Taking care of your emotional wellbeing during pregnancy & early parenting

23/08/2016

This week Emma Walsh, CEO of Parents At Work, was joined by The Gidget Foundation midwives and emotional wellbeing educators Carol Himmelhoch and Emma Lane for a very supportive webinar all about looking after your mental health during that delicate time of pre and post natal child rearing. The Gidget Foundation is a not for…

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A Practical Guide For Working Parents To Divide Household Responsibilities

26/07/2016

Even when both parents work, mums end up doing more of the household chores. Here’s how to make home life more equitable. Whose job is it to sign the kids up for summer camp, fill out (and fax) the tedious forms, make sure that peanut-free lunches are packed every evening, and drive children to their…

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Cyber bullying and Social Media Pressures: How to support your kids online and off

28/06/2016

Our recent special event webinar was presented by Internet Professional and Media Educator Rebecca Asquith and hosted by Parents at Work Founder Emma Walsh. Cyber bullying and social media pressure is a fascinating and super hot issue at the moment – one that is very serious and can have lasting effects on our children and…

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Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy this Winter

21/06/2016

Sarah Hunstead – Founder of CPR Kids – is a paediatric emergency nurse or ‘saving angel’ and mother of two. She joined Emma Walsh, Director of Parents@Work, for a discussion about how we can support children during Winter in regards to health and safety.  CPR Kids empowers parents and carers of children with the lifesaving…

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Struggling with Juggling

07/06/2016

As a society we are busier than ever – add being a working parent into the mix and the juggle is a daily challenge, for some this has no end in sight. So how do we reduce the stress and busyness to manage and enjoy our family and work life more? Recently Parents At Work…

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CPR for Kids – What, When and Where?

31/05/2016

Coming up next week Sarah Hunstead, Founder of CPR Kids will be joining Emma Walsh, founder of Parents@Work for our next Webinar: Keeping Your Children Safe this Winter.  To give you an idea of why the CPR team is so passionate we asked Sarah a few questions about what they do. Who are CPR Kids…

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Value of a Working Parent: Why They Make Great Leaders and How They Do It

31/05/2016

It’s time to myth bust. There’s a rumour going around (and has been for an eternity) that once an employee becomes a parent they lose interest and motivation to advance their career. It’s commonly thought that working parents ‘have enough on their plate’ or ‘would not be able to commit the necessary time and energy…

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Parents At Work Advances the Wellbeing of Working Parents by Connecting Community Experts Through Virtual Events

13/05/2016

Parents At Work have partnered with a range of community, parenting and career service providers to introduce online learning to better support working parents and their leaders in their workplaces. The learning partnerships provide Parents At Work with access to a broader network and community of like-minded organisations operating in a diverse range of fields…

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Being a working parent is harder than ever post Budget 2016

10/05/2016

How do employers and their working parent employees fair in Budget 2016? Was it fair and what is the real cost to the Australian economy? The previously promised $3.2 billion reforms aimed at increasing the affordability of Childcare for Australia’s one million working families are no where to be found in the 2016 Budget. Parents…

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Perfectionism: Is It Holding Us Back?

30/04/2016

Our latest special event was a jam-packed interview with Tanya Curtis from behavioural specialist centre Fabic, and Parents@Work founder Emma Walsh. Tanya delivered so many pearls of wisdom in the one hour teleconference that we struggled to fit them all in here. If you like what you read below and wish to hear the full…

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True Wellbeing Starts With You – Event Review – Part 2

15/04/2016

Part 1 of our True Wellbeing review with wellbeing expert Katie Walls and Parents@Work founder Emma Walsh looked at where we are currently at with our relationship to wellbeing and self-care. In Part 2 we look at wellbeing in the workplace, how managers can support employees with self-care and how our families are impacted by…

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True Wellbeing Starts With You – Event Review – Part 1

15/04/2016

Katie Walls – wellbeing expert, experienced health educator and wellbeing practitioner – works with busy working parents to prioritise and focus on wellness for both their family and themselves. This month she joined Parents@Work founder and director Emma Walsh for our special event True Wellbeing Starts With You. To start with they looked at the…

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Tips for single working parents

01/04/2016

Single parent families are now the single fastest growing family type in Australia. It has been predicted that over the next 20 years, the numbers of one-parent families will soar by up to 70%. Single parents face different (not necessarily more) challenges to coupled parents. Their needs are unique. One of our working parents recently asked…

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Working Smarter in 2016

18/03/2016

Almost everything in society is telling us to work harder, be better and strive for more. What if this actually creates the opposite effect of what we truly want – to feel great about ourselves and to feel purpose in our lives? If we feel good it makes sense that our work will reflect that…

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Three Strategies to Support Employees Who Are Carers

11/03/2016

There is currently a loud call in Australian workplaces to better support people who are caring for others, especially those that are balancing caring responsibilities with paid work commitments. The call is coming from all angles – the carers themselves, advocacy agencies (like Carers Australia), the Government, the media and of course those organisations that…

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Flexible working – what it takes to be successful (A case study)

01/03/2016

Productivity in the UK has come under the spotlight following news that the nation’s GDP per hour worked is lower now than it was pre-recession. In fact, the UK’s productivity is falling further behind that of its European neighbours. To help tackle this trend, chancellor George Osborne published the report Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more…

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How employers can make parental leave work for business

22/02/2016

This is a great article highlighting how companies can make the most of their employees going on parental leave – there really are benefits for everyone and the business when you embrace the change! Managers “myopic” about parental leave, HR should take charge HR professionals have a complex role to play in being the “person…

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3 things working carers can do when it all gets too much

16/02/2016

Caring for another – be that a child, an elderly parent or someone with a disability impacts every other relationship in your life – with your partner, your colleagues and mostly your sense of self. There are times when balancing the responsibilities as a carer can be challenging. These are times we may need to…

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The Power of Flexibility Report asks: Is your organisation set up for flexible working?

08/02/2016

A new report titled The Power of Flexibility published this month highlights what’s needed in Australian workplaces to leverage flexible working. The report by CEW (Chief Executive Women) and Bain & Company found that flexibility is a key enabler to boost gender parity and employee engagement. It shines a light on three key areas: A…

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The Real Cost of Paid Parental Leave for Business

01/02/2016

Investing in programs that help parents return to work is beneficial to companies, perhaps far more than many realise. The article below clearly highlights real-life examples from large and small companies. Paid parental leave and other family friendly policies are not just about being a good corporate citizen or offering employees what they want (in…

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Carers need care too

01/02/2016

Are you a carer? If you’re reading this blog it’s highly likely you are. Whether you care for children, elderly parents, a family member with a disability, manage a team of people at work or consult with clients and suppliers on a regular basis – you have an opportunity to care for another. The question…

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Reducing re-entry anxiety: how employers can help new parents

05/01/2016

As a business owner, I understand the challenges that come along with keeping employees motivated and engaged at work. Here at Kids & Company we put a lot of effort into making our employees feel supported, appreciated and secure. This becomes especially important when employees go on maternity leave and are away for extended periods…

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Australian Human Rights Awards Ceremony – That's Where We're At!

10/12/2015

It was a great privilege to attend the 2015 Human Rights Awards Ceremony at The Westin Sydney at St Martins Place… particularly as Parents@Work were a finalist for the Human Rights Business Award!  And what an event it was. The winning speeches and stories behind all the finalists were nothing short of inspiring – some, like…

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Connecting with Kids: Building resilience and self-worth in your children – Our special event reviewed

01/12/2015

Yesterday Parents@Work hosted their first special event Connecting with Kids: Building resilience and self-worth in your children. Emma Walsh, founder of Parents@Work interviewed positive psychologist Sarah-Jayne Whiston from Bright Ideas Psychology. The interaction and personal sharing’s of Sarah-Jayne and the other participants on the call (including our host Emma!) were invaluable. It felt like a…

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We are Excited to Announce we are a Finalist for the Prestigious Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award

15/11/2015

Thank you for your support!  This week the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) announced Parents@Work is nominated for the Human Rights Business Award. This prestigious award recognises businesses that make a practical commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights including a positive contribution to improving social outcomes in Australia.  We feel especially excited and privileged because…

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6 ways employers are raising the bar on gender equality

10/11/2015

2015 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders are raising the bar when it comes to creating gender equal workplaces. Here are a few examples of how they’re doing it: Tackling unconscious bias Cars and IT: these two traditionally blokey areas come together at Carsales.com. However the leadership team recognise the value of…

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Gender Equality in the Workplace: The Role of Paid Parental Leave

16/10/2015

A recent article by senior Sydney Morning Herald writer and new mum, Jessica Irvine, sparked our interest. In her piece, Jessica proposed that we cannot have true gender equality until we have true shared responsibility for raising children. She challenged the labels of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ carer enshrined in the current Paid Parental Leave (PPL) legislation as…

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Part-time work, part-time care: The radical yet strangely sensible proposal for our future

04/09/2015

A LOT of people think Jennifer Nedelsky’s plan for the future of work is crazy, but when most hear her radical manifesto, their reaction is: “Where do I sign?”. The Canadian professor, a fellow for the Institute for Social Justice, has this theory that everyone, and she means everyone, should work part time. Have we…

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What can bosses do to help working parents? Advice from 21 company heads

01/09/2015

How easy is it for women to have a fulfilling career and raise a family in today’s business world? What can bosses do to help working women? Here’s what 21 family friendly employers in the US recommend… It is much easier than in the past but still not as easy as it should be. Bosses…

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Supporting Working Parents – it’s time to act. Australia Human Rights Commission website to help employers and parents

04/08/2015

Spurred by shocking statistics last year that exposed 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men experience discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave and the return to work period [1] the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has responded by launching a website for employers and employees to understand their legal obligations and entitlements better. The new Government…

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Employers: start collecting data now for NEW WGEA requirements

01/07/2015

Following the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s lead we advise all organisations that are required to report on Gender Equality Indicators should start collecting data now for the 2015/16 reporting period. The 2015-16 reporting period under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act) commenced on 1 April 2015 and reports for this period are due between 1 April 2016 and 31 May…

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THE VFAIR for Australia’s Talented Career Women

19/06/2015

This coming week the Workplace Gender Equality Agency is participating in the CareerOne VFAIR for women. The Agency will host a virtual information stand featuring a number of inspiring and educational speakers to engage and inform women about gender equality issues in the workplace.

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5 things employers can do to help women re-enter the workforce

15/06/2015

The Mother’s Day budget announcement that parents would not be eligible for Paid Parental Leave from both the government and their employer was saddening to say the least. This counter-intuitive policy shows the government is disregarding research around the benefits of quality time in the first year where mothers can bond and establish breastfeeding with their child.…

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The Equilibrium Man Challenge – Exploring work/life balance for men

01/06/2015

There’s a great new project worth celebrating. It’s called The Equilibrium Man Challenge – an online series of micro-documentaries that follow a group of men who are trying to change the way they work. (Tap the image above to watch the first video instalments) We talk a lot about making it easier for women to balance work…

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What does the new ‘family package’ mean for employers? Importantly, how do working parents feel about it?

19/05/2015

The new childcare and parental leave initiatives have possibly been the most controversial and emotive of Budget 2015. The Government’s intention is to encourage parents to do more paid work. Sounds good for the economy right? But is it really? And at what expense does it come to our children, working parents and employers? [Hot…

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New Harvard research: Children benefit from having a working mum

18/05/2015

Here’s some heartening news for working mothers worried about the future of their children. Women whose mothers worked outside the home are more likely to have jobs themselves, are more likely to hold supervisory responsibility at those jobs, and earn higher wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time, according to a new study.…

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80,000 mothers to lose government funded paid parental leave – how can employers help?

12/05/2015

Treasurer Joe Hockey announced on Mother’s Day that almost 80,000 new mothers will lose some or all of their parental leave payments as a part of the new government childcare package. The announcement comes just months after the Prime Minister announced the abandonment of his ‘signature’ Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme. In a move that…

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City Dad on taking extended paternity leave

11/05/2015

City Dad, Adrian Dyer, on taking extended paternity leave to put his family first, taking a step back and focusing on what’s really important Adrian Dyer began his career in the Merchant Navy as a navigating officer. He came ashore in 2000 and has worked within the shipping industry in the City of London ever…

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Flex time: are employees afraid to use it?

04/05/2015

Flexible working hours are the perk du jour and a particular favourite among millennials – but if your employees don’t feel comfortable taking advantage of the offer, there’ll be no effect on engagement and the entire initiative will be pointless. So how do you prove to your team that flex-time isn’t just an empty promise…

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UN Report: Women still way behind on pay, career and help

01/05/2015

A UN report out this week on the Progress of the World’s Women is an interesting read… “The idea of ‘substantive equality’ recognises that inequality can be structural and discrimination can be indirect; that we must go beyond creating equal opportunities, to ensure equal outcomes; and that ‘different treatment’ may be required to achieve real…

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Strategy key to improving workplace gender equality

19/04/2015

A comprehensive strategy is key to achieving workplace gender equality, but knowing where to get started is a common obstacle to developing one, according to two experts. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has developed a roadmap that tracks organisations’ gender equality progress through six phases, say Dr Heidi Sundin and Emily Cappas, from the Agency’s education and…

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Why the gap between policy & practice in flexible work is costing women their careers

01/04/2015

The last five years have seen an increase in comprehensive policiesproviding access to flexible work, but these policies are not being effectively employed in practice, according to new research.  The University of Sydney Business School’s Women and Work Research Group has conducted a study involving in-depth interviews with employees and line managers about the implementation of the…

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Vodafone eases the burden on working parents for good business sense

13/03/2015

Just in time for International Women’s Day, the Vodafone Group last week announced their commitment to introduce a global “Mandatory Minimum Maternity Benefits Standard” for all their operating companies. This means that all Vodafone employees, regardless of their location, will have access to a minimum 16 weeks paid leave and for the first 6 months…

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How could a 4 day work week be good for business and employees?

23/02/2015

What would a 4 day work week look life for working parents? What would it look like for organisations? What countries are doing it? What are the results? For the pros and cons on a 4 day work week plus some real life case examples of organisations that have implemented check out this infograph (Click…

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Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team

09/02/2015

Posing five questions can help start a challenging management conversation The challenges are well known: women in business continue to face a formidable gender gap for senior-leadership positions.1 Moreover, there are fewer and fewer women at each step along the path to the C-suite, although they represent a majority of entry-level employees at Fortune 500 companies and…

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What do Aussie workers want the most? You guessed it… work-life balance.

02/02/2015

Australian employers must adopt a “multi-pronged strategy” to connect with the cream of the talent crop, says Hudson’s executive general manager Dean Davidson. According to Hudson’s latest employment survey, work life balance is the top priority for this year’s jobseekers, beating salary and career progression to the number one spot. The Hiring Report: The State…

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Proof inclusion is a global business imperative and not a women’s issue

26/01/2015

On 13th January 2015, Catalyst launched its first ever global census on women board directors. Conducted in partnership with The Data Morphosis Group, the new and expanded census reflects data from October 2014, and focuses on women’s share of board seats in stock market index companies across 3 regions and 20 countries.  Background to Catalyst’s…

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Refusing an employee's request to return to work part-time – what employers should know

16/01/2015

Refusing an employee’s request to return to work part-time constituted constructive dismissal, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found. The FWC ruling related to a woman coming back to work after a period of unpaid parental leave. However, the ruling may also have implications for working carers returning to work after taking carer’s leave, workers…

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Well done Ezypay for leading the way with parental leave in Malaysia

20/12/2014

We’d like take this opportunity to congratulate one of our clients – Ezypay – for making a significant effort to improve their working parent’s wellbeing (indeed all their employee’s wellbeing) with leading staff incentives in the company’s Malaysian office (operating under iconnect360).  One of the perks for new mums is to give women developers 3…

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Your Sneak Peek: Career After Kids NEW Series for 2015

19/12/2014

The “Career After Kids” series is designed to provide a vital network of support and information to assist working parents to manage work, family and caring needs through their life stages and career transition points. Sneak Peek Video – Ask us FOR YOUR SNEAK PEEK OF THE CAREER AFTER KIDS SERIES by emailing info@parentsatwork.com.au Benefits Improved access…

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What’s going on in Australian workplaces? The ‘only’ percentages say it all!

09/12/2014

Only 13.2% of employers have a strategy for supporting caring responsibilities Only 15% of fathers request flexibility Only 18.1% of employers have pay equity objectives Two important reports have been released this past fortnight – The Australian Work Life Index 2014[1] and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Australia’s gender equality scorecard[2]. Both are reality checks to…

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Women under-represented in management positions and are paid 24% less than men

08/12/2014

A new study has found that women make up just a quarter of those employed in the key management positions of Australian companies. As well as an under-representation of women in management positions, the findings revealed the average full-time earnings of men were almost 25 per cent more. One-third of Australia’s workforce was included in…

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Juggling paid work and childcare

05/12/2014

I felt very fortunate when my family was struck down with the flu recently, as I was able to access paid carer’s leave from my employer to look after my young son. This happened to be the same week that the UniSA Centre for Work + Life published the findings from the 2014 Australian Work…

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5 tips to encourage flexible working

01/12/2014

One of the biggest obstacles to women reaching senior management and executive positions is the lack of an easy “on-ramp”: a clear path for returning to work after they’ve taken time off to care for children. Equally challenging is encouraging fathers to take up more flexible schedules without stigma. Employers are increasingly touting their family-friendly…

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Where work life effectiveness is supported and achievable – an Interview with the Catholic Education Office

21/11/2014

Congratulations on winning our Parents@Work competition: Be Our Guest at the AHRI Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Your submission was excellent, not to mention the initiatives the Catholic Education Office (CEO) have set up to support working parents. Could you start by telling us a bit about you and your role at CEO? As the eldest…

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Congratulations to two of our clients for making the WGEA's 76 best employers for women

17/11/2014

Congratulations to two of our Parents@Work clients – Westpac and KPMG – who have made it to the increasingly tough Employer of Choice for Gender Equality list by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Parents@Work is an official supporter of the WGEA’s In Your Hands campaign which promotes gender equality to leaders – particularly CEO’s –…

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Walking you through flexibility in the workplace

12/11/2014

Flexibility in the workplace can often be a vexed issue for employees and employers. Who is entitled to request flexible hours? Can an employer reject the request? Are employers taking these requests seriously enough? Latest research findings seem to point to a real lack understanding of employees’ needs by the businesses and organisations that employ…

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Daughter Water – What is it and why should CEO's drink it?

07/11/2014

Organisations leading the way in gender equality know unfairness or perceived unfairness can negatively impact on workplace productivity, employee engagement and access to talent. A big part of ensuring employees feel like they are being treated equally and fairly is pay equity; ensuring women and men who are doing work of equal or comparable value…

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Inclusion & Diversity – Are these Qualities Alive in the Australian Workplace?

01/11/2014

The Australian Human Resource Institute has released a report highlighting Australia’s current state of workplace inclusion and diversity. We’ve selected some of the highlights from the report below. If you’d like to read the full report click Inclusion-and-Diversity-Insight-Report.

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Interview with performHR: supporting working parents 'creatively and flexibly'

31/10/2014

Vanessa Bulloch recently entered the Parents@Work competition: Be Our Guest at the AHRI Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Her submission was very good however the competition was tough and we awarded it to another contender. But we felt to offer Vanessa a platform to share a little more about what a great job her employer performHR…

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Workplace Gender Equality minimum reporting standards start now

13/10/2014

As of the 1st of October the new Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) reporting standards apply for all organisations with 500 or more employees. What does this mean for relevant employers? They must have a policy or strategy in place that specifically supports gender equality in relation to one, or more, of the following: GEI…

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Carers Week – The perfect time to celebrate the working carers & parents in your organisation

09/10/2014

How many carers do you have in your organisation? There are 2.7 million carers in Australia, which is about 12% of the population. This means it’s very likely a good portion of your employees are carers in some capacity. “The chances are you personally are a carer, need a carer or know a carer” Carers…

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Working Mother Magazine's best companies and their common thread – the art of disconnecting

01/10/2014

The Art of Disconnecting Can you really ignore that late-night work email? At some Best Companies, the answer is an emphatic yes. When employees at animal health products company Zoetis head home for the weekend, there’s one thing they don’t worry about: dealing with an email from the boss. CEO Juan Ramón Alaix has vowed…

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Video: How best to manage parental leave in the workplace

25/09/2014

Head of flexibility and diversity from Allens Dr Jacqui Abbott provides strategies to better manage parental leave transitions in the workplace, and discusses what makes up a successful parental leave program. She also looks at the keys steps organisations need to follow to achieve success with its parental leave program. Abbott will be talking on…

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New study reveals the advantages of maternity coaching for women and employers

22/09/2014

Could maternity coaching modernise Australian workplaces and reduce those shocking 1 in 2 discrimination statistics? A recent study into the impact of maternity coaching revealed five key elements that positively impact on professional women and their maternity leave/return to work experience.  The interview-based research was lead by University of Wollongong student Jennifer North with a…

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Work/life balance benefits among best for retention

10/09/2014

Benefits that support employees’ work/life balance are among the three types most closely linked to higher retention rates, according to Mercer research. Mercer’s 2014 Australian Benefits Review involved more than 350 employers with effective or very effective benefits programs, and correlated results with their turnover, salary increases and perceived morale. Equality across the workforce The first theme…

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'Returnships': A great idea for fixing the 'leaky pipeline' of talented women

03/09/2014

Working with women who are looking to return to the workforce after an extended absence to raise children, I commonly hear how they feel “daunted”, have “lost their confidence” and often “don’t know where to start”. After a two year break to raise her twins, one HR Manager told me, “I’m just not sure if…

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Breaking down barriers for men to access flexible work options

28/08/2014

Men and Flexibility, Part 2 Last week we presented the benefits for why we should include men in the conversation about improving access to flexible work arrangements. This week we look at how to actually go about doing it. “Engaging men around flexibility is not necessarily about designing and implementing discrete programs or initiatives for…

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Let’s not forget the men in the flexible work conversation

21/08/2014

Men and Flexibility – Part 1 Men are often forgotten in the flexibility and family friendly work conversation. This is unfortunate for both men and women, as well as organisations, the economy and the wider community. There are many missed opportunities and benefits but what about starting with just one? Plain old, ‘the right to…

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Diversity Council Australia recommendations for gender equity measures to increase women in leadership

14/08/2014

Diversity Council Australia has found measures to promote gender equity in the workplace have failed dismally at getting more women into leadership roles. The independent council, which advises businesses, has reviewed current measures including mentoring and found they have not worked. It has also found gender stereotypes persist and that women are still used as scapegoats…

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Senior Female Retention: What women really want

07/08/2014

In 2014 Citi conducted a global study to investigate the root causes leading to senior   attrition – both male and female. I love data – not for data’s sake but because it provides an accurate story of what is going on inside the company. A troubling statistic “…our senior female attrition was running higher than our…

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What you need to know about the Government’s Pregnancy and Return to Work Report

28/07/2014

In our April blog Stand up Australia – Our working mums and dads deserve better we brought you the preliminary findings of the Government’s National Review into discrimination related to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work after parental leave. The landmark Human Rights Commission study found 50% of women experience discrimination during this period.…

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How many parents plan childcare around work rather than the other way around? Very few. Latest Government report gives working parents hope.

28/07/2014

The Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said: “there needs to be greater choice in child care options for parents. Australian families should be able to plan child care around their work life, not their work life around child care”[1]. Here, here! There’s been a 150% rise in Australian childcare costs in just one decade.…

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Why parents make good managers

24/07/2014

Mothers might not make good minions for capitalist exploitation, but they are adept time managers, skilled negotiators and ultimately assets in the workplace, writes Jenny Ostini. Dear women who are writing about how mothers should give up trying to be supermums and stop competing with those twenty-somethings with the perky boobs, While I always enjoy reading gross…

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Why companies should focus on working parents, not just mums

17/07/2014

Working parents are like plate spinners at a carnival: They juggle their children’s school schedules and activities while balancing their own work deadlines, attending conferences, and sneaking in the occasional shower. In 2013, 88.2 percent of families with children under 18 had at least one parent in the workforce, which means that employers seeking to recruit and…

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“Not man enough”: male caregivers suffer at work. What can organisations do?

10/07/2014

Men who care for their families, women without children – one would expect the world to be accepting of people making decisions that suit their lifestyles and aspirations. Unfortunately it seems many social groups are still unaccepting of those choosing non-traditional roles. A series of studies from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management…

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Why it might be time for a career coach

04/07/2014

Stuck in a career rut? Lacking confidence to ask for a promotion or pay rise? Want some guidance on preparing for parental leave or managing a family with work? Feel like taking your career in a new direction? Re-entering the workplace, negotiating flexible work arrangements, changing jobs and learning ways to deal with the conflicting…

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Are you doing the right things to keep your top performers? More flexibility and career management will help

03/07/2014

Special programs aimed at retaining top performers could be obsolete, according to a study of more than 3000 exit interviews, which found these employees leave mostly for the same reasons as everybody else. Seven of the top 10 reasons for leaving were the same for “top performers” when compared with “the rest”, research by The Interview…

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Is your existing PPL scheme at risk under the Government's current proposal?

26/06/2014

The Federal Government’s proposed paid parental leave scheme is a positive move for small businesses, but could force a difficult decision on large employers with generous paid leave initiatives already in place, according to Diversity Council Australia CEO, Lisa Annese. The Coalition’s proposed scheme will give new mothers 26 weeks of paid parental leave (PPL)…

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Uncover hidden demographics to tailor your rewards

19/06/2014

‘Hidden demographics’ among employees can provide more useful insights into how to create an effective rewards scheme than those most commonly used, according to EY partners Rohan Connors and Richard Kantor. Their research shows things such as whether employees were hired or acquired factor significantly in employees’ response to rewards schemes. Meanwhile benefits like workplace…

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Parents@Work Infograph – Paid Parental Leave Scheme Poll

13/06/2014
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45% of working parents believe they will not (or only somewhat) benefit from the new PPL scheme – but why the lack of confidence?

13/06/2014

Almost half of working parents believe they won’t benefit – or will only somewhat benefit – from the new proposed changes to the Paid Parental Leave scheme. But why is this so given the new scheme is significantly more generous than the current scheme? A Parents@Work poll conducted last month found that 55% of working…

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What to do when an employee asks for more flex

12/06/2014

You’re all for workplace flexibility: Your employees work from home or adjust hours to meet family or personal needs. But now a staffer wants even more schedule shifting—and you have concerns for the health of your business. Take the lead in talking about mutual needs, says Ken Matos, director of research at Families and Work…

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If you want the best people you will have to be flexible

05/06/2014

A common excuse for lack of women in leadership is that many potential female leaders choose not to return to their roles following the birth of a child — so we can’t promote women if they have taken themselves out of the leadership pipeline. If you flip the argument for a minute and ask yourself…

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Engagement is key to improving business results & retaining talented parents

29/05/2014

In the face of challenging market forces and economic conditions, organisations that prioritise employee engagement can weather changes more smoothly and improve their financial performance, Aon Hewitt research shows. This year’s Best Employers research and accreditation program involved 120 organisations and more than 70,000 employees. It found the differentiating practices of Best Employers can be categorised into…

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Why men think women are holding themselves back + 5 tips for embracing female leadership traits

23/05/2014

With all of the talk and ongoing debate about women in leadership, we decided it was time to take a closer look at what is really going on in Australia. So we surveyed 1,000 men and women about their attitudes to work, leadership and their real feelings behind women moving up the ladder. Some of…

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Career After Kids Forum – Enrol now – Melbourne – 11th June

22/05/2014

Tony Abbott has recently announced changes to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme. Are there any ‘wins’ for working parents? And what are these? Working parents find out more at the Career After Kids forum and learn how to calculate how the changes will effect you and your family. What is Career After Kids? Career After…

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Foster individual leadership to build productivity

12/05/2014

Working parents have a lot on their plate. A child for one in no small feat. A career, partner, extended family as well as social and community commitments to juggle can mean creating a work-life balance may seem an elusive and abstract concept. Why then, is fostering leadership amongst this group of busy balances a…

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5 ways my manager makes flexibility work for me

08/05/2014

When I returned to my corporate job after maternity leave I learned very quickly that I could not sustain my pre-baby working hours. It has taken me a year to find a work/life/baby balance that works for me and my manager. For the last few years my corporate job scope has been global and always-urgent.…

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Is there such a thing as a fair and viable Paid Parental Leave Scheme?

02/05/2014

Paid parental leave is a hot topic this week. Tony Abbott is proposing a new policy. It may look good on the outside to many working parents but what does it really mean? We’ve put together this blog to collate a few thoughts and collect a few more from those who are affected most –…

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Stand up Australia. Our working mums and dads deserve better – 1 in 2 mothers and 1 in 4 fathers experience discrimination in the workplace

15/04/2014

  An astounding and worrying statistic emerged last week from the National Survey conducted as part of the Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review. 1 in 2 mothers and 1 in 4 fathers experience discrimination in the workplace. Equally astonishing is the perceived lack of outrage expressed in the media – in fact, there’s been…

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How to talk to women about their pregnancy, parental leave and return to work

14/04/2014

I have recently returned to work after a year’s maternity leave. While in the past I espoused a fair workplace where staff felt valued and free to access their leave entitlements, I now have more of a sense of how this may really look (and feel!) in practice. So I’ve written this piece for effective…

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How to be an executive director in your thirties

09/04/2014

Taking on a senior position as a young woman can be a daunting experience, especially when you are in a male dominated industry. To be successful, young executives need to be confident in their abilities, not worry if they say the wrong thing and learn from mistakes along the way. Speaking from experience, I wouldn’t…

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The Leadership Shadow – Role modelling gender equality from the top down

03/04/2014

What is The Leadership Shadow? It’s for all leaders. It’s for all organisations. It’s new. It’s free. It’s the start point for increasing levels of women in leadership positions. Created by two organisations leading the way on gender diversity in Australia (the Male Champions of Change and Chief Executive Women) The Leadership Shadow is a…

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Can we all have it all?

23/03/2014

Here’s a thought provoking TED talk for employers, policy makers and employees (that’s working parents, caregivers or indeed anyone with loved ones). In “Can we all have it all?” US public policy maker Anne-Marie Slaughter challenges us to look at why and how we can change social attidudes around work choices – be those of…

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How to keep your pregnant workers safe

17/03/2014

Keeping healthy and being safe at work is critical for expectant mothers. As an employer there are a number of legal and ethical responsibilities to ensuring your pregnant employees are kept safe before they go on maternity leave. Some of these are done in collaboration with your employees, others are solely the responsibility of the…

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4 ways employers can improve executive-level diversity

10/03/2014

This is a excellent article by HR Daily for employers and HR professionals looking to improve gender diversity at the executive level. The suggestions in the article are based on research by Kerry Baxter who conducted a study focusing on women in leadership roles (the final paragraph on approaches that do work is particularly valuable). It’s also worth…

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Call for workplaces to catch up on family-friendly policies

03/03/2014

Australian workplaces are playing catch-up with modern families and need family-friendly policies beyond ”mums and bubs”. A review of workplace policies and practices by the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia found an organisation’s culture was the biggest determinant of work-life happiness and availability of family-friendly policies ”does not necessarily…

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Women in leadership who have had employer-sponsored coaching… we want to hear from you!

26/02/2014

Just 26% or organisations in Australia and New Zealand have a clearly defined strategy to attract and retain women long enough to reach senior leadership positions, according to women’s leadership research conducted by Mercer in 2010. What’s more women in leadership positions identified insufficient career development, promotion pathways, mentoring provision, childcare cost and childcare availability…

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A Chat with Karen Morris, Creative Director, Underground Communications

29/01/2014

“Don’t beat yourself up…learn from the experience and work out a way to deal with it next time, even if it’s to be more realistic…” Karen Morris is the force behind Underground Communications. She is a talented writer and communicator providing multi-channel communication services to clients through her business Underground Communications. Oh and she is also a…

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New study redefines workplace diversity. It no longer means what you think.

29/01/2014

Top performing companies have long recognized that diversity is good for business. But a just released report from The Economist Intelligence Unit finds that a new definition of workforce diversity is emerging. It’s no longer just about avoiding race, ethnicity, and gender discrimination, or even compliance with legal regulations. Diversity now encompasses values, meaning what motivates someone…

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Should part-time be the new full-time?

29/01/2014

Articles abound about the advantages of part-time work and it is high time we all embraced it. Certainly ‘part-time’ has attracted derogatory connotations. It connotes something less than whole, a diminished commitment, being assigned a role beneath your real capability and, perhaps worst of all, being paid part-time wages when the actual work load is…

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A Chat with Karen Morris, Creative Director, Underground Communications

19/12/2013

“Don’t beat yourself up…learn from the experience and work out a way to deal with it next time, even if it’s to be more realistic…” Karen Morris is the force behind Underground Communications. She is a talented writer and communicator providing multi-channel communication services to clients through her business Underground Communications. Oh and she is also…

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Why my disability makes me a better leader

06/12/2013

    Can you name one leader — a CEO, CFO, MP or anyone you view as a leader – who’s blind, deaf, a paraplegic, an amputee or has Down’s Syndrome? Most Australians would be hard-pressed to name a friend of a friend or a celebrity, let alone a ‘leader’, with this criterion. I believe…

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Why Employers Need to Make Room for Bumps

05/12/2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman reported on the 8 November 2013 “The operators of a Victorian retail chain were recently fined a record total of $53,592 for discriminating against a pregnant employee. The Felix Corporation Pty Ltd – which operates GV Bargains stores throughout regional Victoria, including two stores at Shepparton – has been fined $40,920. …

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Congratulations Australian workplaces! You are most discriminating against pregnant women.

03/12/2013

  Last week the Fair Work Ombudsman revealed that pregnancy discrimination is now the number one complaint against Australian employers.  The Fair Work Ombudsman’s figures indicated that for the first time there are more complaints relating to pregnancy than mental or physical disability. Lucy Carter of The World Today reported “…of the 235 complaints to…

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Why the trappings of success are no match for equality

28/11/2013

  Ten years ago I was flown first-class to Dubai for a job interview. In the list of extravagant experiences I have had during my career, that one ranks right up there.I had been headhunted for an executive role with Forbes UAE. A global search had been conducted and the short-list was a male from…

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A 24/7 job and three kids under four. Would I do it again? Absolutely

18/11/2013

Fiona Sugden and her three children Isla (9 months), Giselle, 2 and Finn, 4. Source: News Limited   DAWN is breaking outside my bedroom window and I know my alarm is about to go off prior to the first of many phone hook-ups for the day.                I quickly reach over to turn it off so…

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Catherine Knox – Winner of the CALI Award

18/10/2013

  Our newest CALI (Community Action Leadership Inspiration) award winner is Catherine Knox, CEO of the Gidget Foundation. Following her personal experience of perinatal anxiety and depression, Catherine has pursued a passionate interest in the area of mental health and women’s life experiences.  Q: Tell us about the Gidget Foundation. Catherine: The Gidget Foundation is…

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How Georgia Beattie created single serve wines

18/10/2013

  Georgia Beattie doesn’t live up to the Gen Y stereotype. She’s the opposite of lazy, more driven than most people you’re likely to meet, although one thing does ring true, she does have a love of alcohol – namely, wine.Beattie grew up in the wine industry, as her father was a winemaker, and this…

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Should you commit to further study to further your career?

16/10/2013

  Mary, Marketing Manager, Manufacturing says:“I am thinking of doing further study but I’m not sure what I should do, and whether to do it for personal or professional reasons. Can you please give me some advice on what I should be thinking about in making a decision?”It is great that you are looking at…

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The gender pay gap: Separating fact from fiction

14/10/2013

  Whenever I speak to audiences about the gender pay gap I can almost see the discomfort level in the room rise. There’s lots of disagreement on many elements of the gender debate but there’s something about the cold hard reality of a 17.5% difference between men and women’s average weekly full-time earnings that is…

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Using grandparents for child care

04/10/2013

It offers many benefits but is it the best choice?   With child places at a premium and the cost of care on the rise an increasing number of Australian families are looking to grandparents for help with child care. In fact, ABS figures show that 937,000 children received care from a grandparent on a…

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Your kids are more than alright

02/10/2013

  Do you sometimes feel torn between work and your children? Like you’re not giving 100% to either? Do you worry about whether you are doing a good enough job bonding with your little ones since so much of what you do when you are with them is focused on catering to their physical needs?Well…

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Behind every great woman (is a supportive partner)

24/09/2013

  Building the capacity to have an effective work-life-balance is a legitimate issue for many working women. Managing it can be difficult but there’s a common theme amongst the women who succeed: supportive partners. Supportive partners are the ones who go beyond sporadically picking the kids up from school and instead play an active role…

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The Coalition's plans for child care

23/09/2013

  Flexibility, affordability and accessibility   Tony Abbott and the Coalition have won a landslide election and now the task begins on converting ideas into policy and reality.   So what does this mean for working families?The Paid Parental Leave Scheme is due to be implemented by July 1 2015. Paid parental leave is set…

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The importance of Dads

20/09/2013

    Much is said about the relationship between mums and daughters, dads and sons. But little is said about the vital relationship between mothers and sons, fathers and daughters.   My mum taught the creativity, the passion and how to win at Scrabble, but my dad taught other important lessons.   Standing at the…

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How can you help your teenagers survive high school?

18/09/2013

  Working alongside youth, I have experienced and witnessed the confronting issues and pressures many high school girls face daily; how they struggle with their identity and self-esteem, deceiving messages of perfection through the media, constant comparison, peer pressure, unrealistic expectations, and not feeling confident or content with who they are, to name just a…

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Is occasionally putting yourself first the secret to success?

17/09/2013

  In any three-month period my job typically requires me to spend three weeks overseas and an additional two to three weeks travelling domestically to meet the demands of a business operating in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.Apart from holding a challenging senior role at Unisys…

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Gail Kelly: Four new attributes required of leaders

30/08/2013

If Westpac employees get in a lift with Gail Kelly they may just be asked to share the bank’s ‘elevator pitch’.The bank’s CEO says with 20-something floors to travel, it’s a great opportunity to ensure employees are on the same page delivering the company’s vision.“Most people in my organisation know that if they get in…

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Childcare policies compared: making your vote easier

29/08/2013

A ‘game-changer’ is how the Grattan Institute described the effect on productivity of addressing the availability and affordability of childcare in 2012. There is clear evidence, which Treasury agrees with, that improving the quality, availability and affordability of childcare boosts women’s workforce participation which boosts productivity. How to do it is the $25 billion question…

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A father's perspective: How baby changes life and career

28/08/2013

The arrival of a new baby is life-changing for all parents but the nature of the change is unique to every individual. This varied and unpredictable nature of parenthood was highlighted for me recently when I bumped into an old housemate of mine, Tom Keeble.Ten years ago we were both in the midst of our…

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Listen to your instincts: NAB business analyst, Carolina Valdes

09/08/2013

  Carolina Valdes knows a thing or two about overcoming challenges – both in her career and personal life.Born in Chile, Valdes moved to Australia in 2004 to complete her Masters in computer science at the University of Technology, Sydney – all with the plan of returning to her hometown to pick up where she…

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Never hesitate on an opportunity: PwC partner Suzi Russell

08/08/2013

  Like most of us, Suzi Russell has suffered her fair share of ‘imposter syndrome’ at times — that is, the questioning of her own abilities — but she’s never let it stand in the way of grabbing an opportunity.She was appointed a PwC partner at the age of just 33, jumping across from Deloitte…

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A diverse career: EY Sydney Office Managing Partner Lynn Kraus

07/08/2013

  Lynn Kraus has spent much of her career with the one firm. But she’s somewhat improvised her way to the top, taking on new and varied opportunities to get to the executive and to her current position as EY’s Sydney Office Managing Partner.“I thought making partner was the be all and end all but…

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A fresh face in the partnership: Deloitte’s Vivienne Tang

06/08/2013

Vivienne Tang is one of Deloitte’s 45 new partners promoted from within the firm to mark the beginning of the new financial year, a fresh intake of leaders of which 29% are female.She speaks to Select Employer while attending a new partner conference in Sydney (joining an additional 22 partners hired laterally by the firm…

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Work-life balance for the modern grandmother

05/08/2013

  Grandmothers have become busy people, often providing help with childcare while managing their own career, household and social lives.As Doreen Rosenthal and Susan Moore, authors of New Age Nannas: Being a Grandmother in the 21st century, explain: “The old stereotype of delicate ladies in rocking chairs, scone makers par excellence, has changed.”Rosenthal and Moore’s…

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Schoolkids Bonus has helped families with back to school costs

04/08/2013

  The second instalment of Federal Labor’s Schoolkids Bonus has been paid to more than 1.2 million families as their kids start returning to school.Over the past few weeks, $590 million has been paid to eligible families – $205 for each child in primary school and $410 for each child in secondary school – to…

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Women working flexibly more productive: Study

25/07/2013

A new report backs what many women working flexibly and part time already know: that they waste less time at work than their full time colleagues – just 11.1% compared to the 14.5% of work hours wasted by the general population.And getting more out of these productive women could save Australia and New Zealand at…

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What to expect when you’re expecting … Discrimination?

24/07/2013

  The Australian Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Australian Government to undertake research into the prevalence and nature of discrimination against employees who are pregnant and people returning to work after parental leave. Diversity Council Australia congratulates the Government on addressing this important issue and looks forward to contributing to the research…

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Back to work after extended time out

23/07/2013

How to successfully get back into it For many reasons women who initially choose to or have needed to stay at home after having kids find themselves wanting to re-enter the workforce and pick up their careers or start a whole new one several years later, for example when the kids are all at school.…

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More cost of living support for millions of Australians

22/07/2013

Australian households are getting another budget boost with the next round of household assistance payments arriving in bank accounts from today.About 1.7 million families and about 370,000 young people and students will start receiving extra money through Labor’s Household Assistance Package, to help with everyday expenses and to meet the modest impact of the carbon…

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How employers can better manage maternity leave and support working mums

18/07/2013

In terms of OECD countries, sadly Australia is still far from taking the lead when it comes to supporting pregnant women in the workplace. When Australian women reach the ages of 25 to 44, their participation in the workforce drops significantly. Many working mums don’t feel supported at work or that their needs are recognised.The…

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Five reasons you need this plan more than a birth plan

12/07/2013

In those exhausting last weeks of pregnancy, many pregnant women carefully tuck a birth plan in their hospital bag, or jot down a few notes on what they do and don’t want during labour and birth. And those who don’t actually write one will often think about what they’d like to happen anyway.  But perhaps…

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Family-friendly changes are in force now

11/07/2013

Unlike the bullying amendments, family friendly changes to the Act have already taken affect. Starting this month, HR managers need to ensure their systems, policies and procedures incorporate a number of extensions to existing flexible work requirements, Calderone says.  The family-friendly changes mean: pregnant women can transfer to a safe job even if they haven’t…

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Vaccination schedule update

11/07/2013

From July 1 2013, the vaccine schedule for pre-schoolers will include Varicella (chickenpox) for the first time and also two new meningitis shots. Children who are not up to date with their vaccines* will not be allowed to enrol in child care centres. Recently we ran an article on the debate over vaccinations and whether…

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“Not man enough”: male caregivers suffer at work

11/07/2013

Men who care for their families, women without children – one would expect the world to be accepting of people making decisions that suit their lifestyles and aspirations. Unfortunately it seems many social groups are still unaccepting of those choosing non-traditional roles. A series of studies from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management…

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Deborah Hutton puts childcare affordability on political agenda

10/07/2013

Just $160 is left in the average weekly pay packet of Australian working mums after the cost of childcare is taken out, according to the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI).Highlighting the steep cost of childcare in Australia, a new media campaign featuring AWCCI ambassador Deborah Hutton is urging our political leaders to…

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Research into the prevalence and nature of pregnancy related discrimination in the workplace

09/07/2013

  There has been a lot in the media recently about pregnant women and those returning to the workforce being discriminated against in the workplace.   The Herald Sun reported on Wednesday that evidence to the Federal Government’s review of the paid parental leave scheme shows pregnancy discrimination is endemic and has gotten worse in recent years.…

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mums@work Receives SPECIAL COMMENDATION in Visa Small Business Awards 2013

05/07/2013

Sydney, 2 July, 2013 – Gold Coast based business, ICON Software Solutions, has won the 2013 Visa Small Business Award for demonstrating an innovative approach to business challenges and making a difference to the community. Social enterprise mums@work has been awarded a special commendation for integrating its commercial success with making an impact on the…

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Changes to Dad & Partner Pay

01/07/2013

  On 1 January 2013, the Paid Parental Leave scheme was expanded to include a new two week payment for working dads or partners, called Dad and Partner Pay[4].From 1 July 2013, the rate of  Parental Leave Pay will increase from $606.50 to $622.10 per week before tax.Find out more…Source: Human Services

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Families Working Together – Getting the Balance Right

01/07/2013

  Here are the detailed findings from the recent research conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies found in their fact sheet “Families Working Together – Getting the Balance Right.   “Employed women with children were more likely than other women to be rushed or pressed for time, with 62 per cent saying they always…

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Discrimination against pregnant women investigated

28/06/2013

Last week Julia Gillard asked the Human Rights Commission to look into workplace discrimination against women who have children. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, will oversee a national survey to get an accurate picture of discrimination against pregnant women and those going back to work after parental leave. You can listen to the full…

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"Manager resistance" the biggest telework obstacle

24/06/2013

One of the biggest barriers to successful telework arrangements is not the productivity of staff members working remotely, but their managers, says Macquarie University researcher Dr Yvette Blount. “We haven’t got a problem at the CEO level or the senior management level – conceptually they get that offering flexible work practices like telework is an…

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To work or stay at home?

17/06/2013

We found this article to be a very well-rounded look at this important topic. It offers an interesting comparison between American and Australian families, as well as showing varied sides of the debate. What do you think? How does your family deal – does mum stay at home or work part-time or full-time?   To…

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Why the world's most powerful women deserve a list

03/06/2013

Gail Kelly, CEO Westpac   mums@work client’s CEO, Gail Kelly makes the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list. Amoung the likes of Beyonce and Julia Gillard, we wanted to proudly announce and congratulate Gail Kelly! There is a powerful message sent to celebrate the success of some of the world’s most influential women. All power…

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Families Working Together – Getting the Balance Right

27/05/2013

  Here are the detailed findings from the recent research conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies found in their fact sheet “Families Working Together – Getting the Balance Right.   “Employed women with children were more likely than other women to be rushed or pressed for time, with 62 per cent saying they always…

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Government adjusts to modern families

27/05/2013

A recent study from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows some statistics about families and the working habits of mothers and fathers. Circumstances differ through the many stages of children’s lives, indicating women with young children under 5 undertake an average of 14hrs of paid work per week, increasing to 25hrs when the children…

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Part-time working mother is the norm

21/05/2013

Ellena Thoma with her 22 month old daughter Georgiana. Photo: Jacky Ghossein More Australian women are going back to work after having children, but they prefer to work part-time and the age of their children when they rejoin the workforce is getting younger. A new report – Parents Working Out Work – shows the proportion…

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New Family Payment – No Baby Bonus

15/05/2013

The government have just announced that the Baby Bonus will be replaced with a new family payment from 1 March 2014This will apply to those who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A, helping the low to middle income earners. Have a read to learn more…   A more sustainable family payments system  …

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Six ways to make telework work at your organisation

25/03/2013

Teleworking or working from home has been a hot topic lately with Yahoo coming out saying their employees need to be in the office and Richard Branson supporting the notion of working from home.   There are some great tips in this article from HC Mag on how to make telework work at your organisation.…

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Flexibility in the workplace: What can be learnt from the not-for-profit sector

22/03/2013

Camp Quality are doing their bit to support their working parents and creating a culture of supporting work/life balance. Read about their initiatives and the creative ideas they have in place. We especially liked the concept of “10 ‘Fun Days’ (one day off a month for 10 months of the year) where they get the…

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How online study can prepare mothers for work and balance family life

20/03/2013

We welcome this week’s Guest Blogger from Martin College. Training and continued study is another challenge for ambitious mums, but there are ways to do it successfully. One of these is online learning where you aren’t required to leave the home for study. How online study can prepare mothers for work and balance family life: Returning…

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Employee Engagement

19/03/2013

Engaging your employees is going to create a workplace with a great culture where employees are loyal and stay on for a long time. Our focus at mums@work (with the policies we recommend and procedures we help implement) is based around the benefits of retention and loyalty, which is the desired outcome when the right…

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Paid Parental Leave Review

19/03/2013

As you know, Paid Parental Leave was introduced in 2011, with Dad & Partner Pay introduced in 2013 and so far, around 250,000 working parents have benefited. The government released an update with some more interesting outcomes. Read the rest of the article here. mums@work | 19.03.13Image: Freedigital Photos, Imagery Majestic

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Welcome to the ‘parents@work’ Portal

20/02/2013

  Welcome to the ‘parents@work’ portal Increase loyalty in your organisation and retain your talented working parents by supporting their journey through the interactive and all-inclusive parents@work portal. We recognise 4 important stages of a working parent’s journey: 1.       Preparing for parental leave 2.       Staying in touch whilst on leave 3.       Returning to work, and…

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Sanofi Focussed on Working Parent’s Needs

11/02/2013

By Elysha Stephens | 10 February 2013, mums@work We love reporting on enterprising organisations who are taking the lead in a flexible workplace culture. Here in Australia, Sanofi Australia & New Zealand is among one of the foremost organisations making strides with flexibility in their workplace. Sanofi recognise that if you cultivate a receptive and…

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Are You Ready To Stop Waffling In Interviews?

07/02/2013

Team Interview IQ would like your help to complete their survey and in return you get some wonderful thank you gifts! “Did you know that most interviews start with the question, “so tell me about yourself”, yet very few people know how to answer this question in a powerful way? There are a whole bunch of…

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Schoolkids Bonus Helping Families with Back to School Costs

25/01/2013

  Families and stores across Australia are feeling the benefits of the first Schoolkids Bonus cash payment rolling out this month.   With kids going back to school over the next fortnight, parents are out now shopping for things for school.   The Schoolkids Bonus – worth $410 for each child in primary school and…

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Government Supporting Women in Leadership | The Hon Julie Collins MP

11/11/2012

Minister For Finance And Deregulation. In 2010, the Government committed to achieving a 40:40:20 gender balance target on Australian Government boards by 2015 and is on track to meeting this target. A number of organisation have also been announced as affiliates of the network Australian Institute of Company Directors, ASX, Chief Executive Women, Women on…

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Social revolution at work: mums go back to their jobs as reality hits home

08/11/2012

Mother of two Jacqui Clark, with her four-month-old son Angus, at her home in West Pymble, Sydney. Jacqui plans on only taking seven months maternity leave. Picture: Dan Himbrechts Source: The Australian   ALMOST half of all mothers in two-parent families are back at work before their youngest child turns one, completing a social revolution…

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Our Interview with Caltex on their working parent initiatives

07/11/2012

By Elysha Stephens Caltex speak to us about their recent media coverage in the Herald Sun and give us some specific details of what they are doing for their working parents. Being a diverse workplace is very important to the company and they have recognised some of the unique challenges faced by working mums. What…

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‘Business Woman of the Year’ on Work & Family

22/10/2012

2012 Winner of the Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year Awards and Founder of Carmans Kitchen, Carolyn Creswell, talks to me about the 20-yr journey with her business and how she stays happy juggling her responsibilities at work and her family, complete with 4 kids!Carolyn is no short of amazing, with a cheerful disposition…

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Queen of the cereal aisles earns her crown

03/10/2012

SHE may be Australia’s muesli queen, but for the owner of Carman’s Fine Foods, Carolyn Creswell, starting her food empire was not at all glamorous. “People look at Carman’s now and think it’s been this overnight success, but it’s been 20 years, and a challenging 20 years,” the 38-year-old entrepreneur says. “For the first 10 years…

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Tips to make a busy schedule work: from Ezypay's Director of Marketing & Sales

27/09/2012

This month, Celeste Kirby Brown, Director of Sales, Marketing & Relationships at Ezypay provides tips on how she and her husband Trent Brown (Ezypay’s CEO) juggle their family and their work. It’s not always easy being a working parent especially when both parents work together in senior positions in the same organisation; so how does…

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Caltex Australia offers cash bonuses and childcare assistance to lure new parents back to work

27/09/2012

NEW parents are being lured back to work with cash bonuses and generous childcare assistance initiatives aimed at retaining staff. From next month, oil company Caltex Australia will offer a package that includes quarterly bonuses of 3 per cent, and up to $1500 of emergency childcare.The move comes as businesses look at ways to stop…

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Happy Fathers Day

05/09/2012

Australian dads have something extra to look forward to this Fathers’ Day, with just one month to go before first claims for Dad and Partner Pay can be lodged.   Applications open on 1 October for the Australian Government’s new support for new dads.   Dads and partners, including same-sex couples, will receive two weeks’…

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Equal Pay Day – Gillard Government working to close gender pay gap

04/09/2012

  This year, 2 September is not just a celebration of the role fathers and partners play in our lives – it is also Equal Pay Day.  The date of Equal Pay Day is calculated on the average number of extra days a woman would have to work until she earns the same amount as…

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Living on top of the World: one woman has it all

23/08/2012

Krithika Hansen is the Learning and Development Manager for Pitcher Partners, and…you guessed it! A working mum! She has been kind enough to share her story with us. She tells us about her working life before and after kids and how she manages that infamous work/life balance. Enjoy! Prior to having kids, I worked at…

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How to Balance it All: A Guide for Working Mums

22/08/2012

Have you come across the burden of balancing it all as a working mom? I am referring to the burden and guilt trip we give ourselves each day over our attempt and quite often failure to balance all aspects (working mom, caretaker, professional, student, friend etc.) of our lives.  I call it the Balance Burden…

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Did you know…Paid Parental Leave Scheme & Baby Bonus are mutually exclusive?

08/08/2012

In January 2011, the Paid Parental Leave scheme was instigated to provide financial support to eligible working parents of children born or adopted from 1 January 2011. From January 2012 the Baby Bonus (*means tested) allowed parents of babies born or adopted from that date to claim $5437 to go towards that crucial first year,…

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Simple steps create a positive parental-leave experience

08/08/2012

The parental-leave process can be fraught with confusion and misunderstandings, but according to return-to-work expert Emma Walsh, employers can take simple, inexpensive steps to make the transitions easier for everyone. Walsh’s first tip is to make sure policies and procedures relating to parental leave are clearly articulated and understood by staff in advance.  “Sometimes organisations…

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mums@work in the press: Finding work and life balance impossible for mums

25/07/2012

Busy mum Helen La Fontaine has to multi-task everyday with her daughters Skye and Tara. Picture: Jon Hargest Source: Herald Sun SUPERMUMS are at breaking point as they struggle to combine work and family. Some of the most pressured are the self-employed, who go back to work within a week of giving birth.Most new mums…

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Full-time mummy and family: how does that work?

19/07/2012

May I introduce you to Michelle Cooper, National Manager, People & Performance for Peoplebank. Michelle is a working mum who works full-time and manages the work/life balance with her small son. Read how she makes it work for her. I have been working for Peoplebank Australia Limited since 2001. My role of National Manager, People &…

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Update on Paid Parental Leave for Fathers: Dad & Partner Pay

04/07/2012

The Federal Parliament has passed legislation that will provide two weeks paternity leave for new fathers. The Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012 expands the Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme, with Dad and Partner Pay – a dedicated payment to give dads and partners…

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Striking the right work/life balance is key for working mums

26/06/2012

by: Susie O’Brien, From: Herald Sun, June 06, 20128:31AM DO you look forward to your bikini wax as “me time”, as one friend said recently? If so, something is probably wrong with your work/life balance (or you’ve spent too much time reading 50 Shades of Grey). On the upside, you get half an hour to…

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The Juggle Between Work and Family Life (from our Guest working mum, Kellie Wade, Diversity Manager at King & Wood Mallesons)

26/06/2012

I’d like to introduce you to Kellie Wade, a senior HR professional who has first hand experienced the return to work and who has kindly offered to share her story. Also mums@work client, she is an inspiration to working mums and dads out there… Hello everyone, I’m Kellie Wade and I am currently the Diversity Manager…

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Gender Equality for Women on government's target

26/06/2012

The Australian Government is investing over $900,000 in a range of projects and services aimed at bridging the gender pay gap and supporting girls and women in the workforce and the community.Research by the EOWA revealed last month that the issue of gender equality is still evident today in Australian workplaces. Here’s a reminder of the key…

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Paid parental leave and flexible working paying dividends for employers

26/06/2012

The full report from the Diversity Council Australia We thought we’d share the DCA’s findings on paid parental leave and flexible working conditions. Here’s the full report. Diversity Council Australia research reveals leading employers who provide flexible working and have good paid parental leave policies are getting returns on their investment.    In a survey…

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Small increase in percentage of women on boards

26/06/2012

There have been small, but encouraging, signs that the recent gains in the number of female directors on the boards of ASX200 companies are being matched in other key sectors in the economy, according to findings from the latest WOB Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI). The BDI tracks the representation of women on the boards of…

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10 tips for building zest and energy to enjoy more happiness

26/06/2012

For more happiness via zest and energy, start each and every day with some or all of the following: turn on some of your favourite music spend a few minutes practicing gratitude and appreciation plan at least one pleasurable and at least one satisfying event for later in the day (you can even do this…

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You can Now Sign Up to our BLOG!

12/06/2012

We’ve just implemented the ‘follow us’ tools for our mums@work blog, which means you can now receive our blog posts in your inbox! We think it’s about time! This is going to help us engage with you better and ensure important information relating to the latest on parental leave policies, flexible work, achieving diversity and…

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What About the Leaders?

12/06/2012

We’ve put our leadership hat on this week and what a great opportunity to let you know about our support for leaders in organisations who need to tackle or just need the know-how of how to manage working mums and dads and put in place support programs to retain employees long-term. We talk so much about…

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Paid Parental Leave: Before & After

30/05/2012

You may have already implemented a parental leave policy or working parents toolkit for your workplace and understand the support required surrounding parental leave to successfully retain and transition your working parents. A new report shows that the Gillard Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme is making a real difference for mothers, particularly those who need…

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Gender Pay Gap still looming

25/05/2012

The gender pay gap is still evident and even prominent in Australian workplaces, today, according to latest research from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA).   New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that:  * Australian women, on average, earn 17.4% less than men * WA has the largest gender pay…

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Flexibility is Necessity

21/05/2012

The word ‘flexibility’ is often seen in the discussion surrounding accommodating working parents in the workplace. But everyone has a life outside work, and we all need our work to fit in with our lives. An article released by People Management magazine says “the call for flexibility comes from all sectors of the population. It…

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Changes to age of eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A

10/05/2012

Here is an excerpt from a government media release yesterday: The Australian Government is making changes to family assistance to ensure that family payments are targeted to when families need it most – while their children are in school. All Australians deserve the best chance to get a job and that chance often begins with…

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How to be an expert mum

09/05/2012

How to be an expert mum? That caught your attention right? Is there really a formula we can all adhere to, to achieve that ever-inspiring word near our name: expert? I have always believed the answer to that question lies amid the family relationships between us, as mums and dads, and our children. I think we have…

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Finding Happiness at Work

01/05/2012

by James Brett (Truly Tea) There’s so much clarity with retrospective awareness and understanding! I’m an individual who’s, for some reason, lucky enough to be endowed with innate passion, energy, determination & enthusiasm. A real go-getter. With a super HSC and a finance & econometrics degree under my belt, the world was at my feet.…

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Worried about working-from-home issues? Trial it.

26/04/2012

 mums@work helps organisations implement family friendly working solutions. Running a pilot program to identify potential issues can help an organisation decide whether working from home arrangements should be made broadly available, says the manager of a team that now has two-thirds of its employees in home-based work, and much higher retention rates as a…

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Gov't Press Release: More Women executives on Australian Government Boards

22/04/2012

Women are becoming more influential on Australian Government boards with female executives filling 35.3 per cent of Government board positions in the last financial year. The latest figures are contained in the annual Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report released today by the Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, at the National…

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PwC, BT and Diageo rewarded for gender diversity progress

22/04/2012

Opportunity Now awards recognise equality initiatives   PwC, BT and Diageo were among the winners at the Opportunity Now awards last night, which rewards employers who have made progress in improving gender diversity at work. More than 500 business leaders gathered for the event, now in its 17th year, to celebrate organisations that put gender…

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Women in leadership: Getting Serious

18/04/2012

Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly tells an International Women’s Day lunch in Sydney on March 7 that more career paths to management are needed for women. Photo: Louie Douvis The next part of the diversity conversation has to be about the benefits to customers, according to Woolworths human resources director Kim Schmidt. “It’s the next…

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HR Summit coming to Perth and Melbourne

17/04/2012

The National HR Summit held recently in Sydney attracted record crowds as over 800 HR professionals gathered at Luna Park for two days of learning and inspiration. Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and for interstate HR practitioners, the good news is that the HR Summit is headed to a city near you. Mark…

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Break the glass ceiling or miss out on government deals

17/04/2012

If passed, a new Bill will mandate that any company that receives taxpayer-funded assistance or has a government contract on the books will be incentivised to ensure they promote equal opportunities for women. The Bill states that any company that doesn’t promote women equally would “not be eligible to compete for contracts under the Commonwealth…

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Insurer to pay double wages in parental leave breakthrough

17/04/2012

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has announced it will pay all new mums double wages for their first six weeks back at work as part of a 20-week paid maternity leave package that sets the pace in the race for providing best parental leave benefits. The company, which owns CGU and NRMA Insurance, will offer the…

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Part-time female workers earn more than men, figures show

03/04/2012

    Analysis shows headline gender pay gap is ‘misleading’ says business group Women working part-time earn more on average than men in a reversal of the traditional gender pay gap, according to a new analysis of official statistics. Full-time male workers earn 11.7 per cent more than their female counterparts, but the opposite was…

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Gender workplace statistics at a glance

03/04/2012

Women’s workforce participation • Women make up 45.6% of the total labour force.1 •Women constitute 70.2% of all part-time employees and 35.3% of all full-time employees.2 The gender pay gap • On average, women working full-time earn 17.8% less than men working full-time.3 • Female graduates earn $2,000 per annum less than male graduates on entering…

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New Bill announced for Paid Parental Leave for Dads

28/03/2012

Legislation introduced into the parliament today will give eligible dads and partners financial support to take time off work to bond with their new baby from 1 January next year. The Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012 builds on the Australian Government’s successful Paid Parental…

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Tie manager remuneration to gender diversity results: EOWA director

27/03/2012

The time for talking about gender equality and waiting for people to “get it” is over – real action is needed now, according to Helen Conway, director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA). There is a limited window of opportunity to achieve gender equality before “gender fatigue” derails progress and…

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2012 EOWA Employer of Choice for Women List

26/03/2012

Accommodation and Food ServicesHaysMcDonald’s Australia LimitedPeoplebank Australia LimitedSutherland District Trade Union Club Limited t/a Tradies Education and TrainingAustralian Catholic University Limited t/a Australian Catholic UniversityBrisbane Girls Grammar SchoolCatholic Education Office – AdelaideCurtin University of Technology t/a Curtin UniversityDeakin UniversityFlinders UniversityGriffi th UniversityITC LimitedKorowa Anglican Girls’ School t/a Korowa Anglican Girls’ SchoolLa Trobe UniversityLauriston Girls’ SchoolLoreto…

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Pregnant Employees: tread carefully or risk court's wrath

26/03/2012

Employers may think they’re being strategic by weeding out prospective mums from their permanent workforce, but a court has made a discrimination finding and hit the offending employer with a $44,000 fine for doing exactly that. The former employee claimed in a New South Wales court that, after completing her 12-month contract as a program…

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Flexible work language must change

21/03/2012

G                                                 Changing the language organisations use to describe flexible work will help remove some of the stigma that it is only for mothers, and allow it to become “mainstream”, Diversity Council Australia says. Terms like “work-life support” and “flexible working arrangements” foster the view that flexible work is “special treatment” for a select few,…

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Why boardroom diversity matters to business

12/03/2012

The business case for boardroom diversity has been firmly established and is supported by a growing body of industry research demonstrating links between gender diversity on boards and positive organisational outcomes, according to a peak diversity body. In a report coinciding with International Women’s Day (8 March), the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) cited research…

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HSBC to offer part-time roles to all new parents

12/03/2012

Move will encourage women to progress their careers, says bank HSBC is to guarantee the option of a part-time role at current title and salary grade to all staff returning from maternity or paternity leave. Jobs equivalent to at least two-and-a-half days per week on a pro-rata salary and same level as their original role…

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Sexual equality: Get serious or face the consequences

08/03/2012

A new Bill has been tabled in the House of Representatives which aims to strengthen the compliance and enforcement powers of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), and if the Bill is passed non-compliant organisations could be publicly ‘named and shamed’ as well as face financial consequences by being ineligible to…

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How to give your kids healthy meals on a limited budget

07/03/2012

  We all know the importance of giving your kids healthy …meals that are part of a greater nutrient-rich well-balanced diet. As many a parenting manual and nutritionist will attest, a good diet is essential for physical and cognitive development and healthy immune systems. Instilling good dietary habits from a young age also means that…

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Life a Work in Progress

06/03/2012

Could you ditch the 30-hour week? Carleen Frost speaks to three workers who have managed to adapt their job to better manage the demands of family and the office. Elysha Stephens is a consultant who runs her business part-time from her Central Coast home. “After Max was born four years ago I had to think…

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Baby (tick). Career (tick). How to have both

02/03/2012

ARTICLE FROM COSMO PREGNANCY MAGAZINE Get smart about your maternity leave rights, childcare options and balancing work and a family with these tips from author Allison Tait When you’re pregnant and focused entirely on your changing body and the mind-blowing experience that is feeling a baby grow inside you, it’s often hard to imagine life…

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Returning mums offered on-site childcare

02/03/2012

A Melbourne company has proven just how far it is willing to go when it comes to retaining returning parents in their workforce – it built its own $5m on-site childcare centre. Keeping women on staff after they return from having children can be a challenge – childcare costs can be as high as $135…

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'Workplace Redesign' only path to gender equality

24/02/2012

Two peak think-tanks have called for a complete ‘workplace redesign’, saying workplace gender inequality will persist until organisations rethink their approach to leadership. Despite some key advances for women in the workforce and the growing body of evidence demonstrating a strong business case for gender diversity, women remain underrepresented in management and leadership roles, and…

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Women make better leaders in turbulent times: true or false?

23/02/2012

New evidence suggests that women may be better than their male counterparts in improving employee morale, motivation and performance – crucial factors that can enhance chances of organizations survival in turbulent times – according to Shabeer Ahmad on ChiefExecutive.net Ahmad says that during turbulent times, “a management style that is more characteristic of women leaders…

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Communication disconnect: Employers and Mums returning to work

22/02/2012

Organisations are increasingly recognising that paid parental leave alone isn’t enough to make returning parents feel supported and equipped to return to work – yet turnover of Mothers returning to work remains high. For Emma Walsh, a background in HR and her own experiences of re-entering the workforce after becoming a mother provided unique insight…

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Diversity can lead to conflict, or respect

15/02/2012

Difference in the workplace often creates misunderstandings that give rise to conflict, but with the right management approach, difference can lead to respect, says Macquarie University professor of management Lucy Taksa. Employers should recognise the fact that difference is difficult and creates issues between workers that need to be resolved, she says. Without proper training,…

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"Quick wins" good for diversity, but more lateral approach needed

31/01/2012

Organisations are building some “quick wins” toward their diversity targets by boosting the numbers of senior women in traditionally female-dominated areas of business, but gender diversity experts say they need to broaden their approach in order to make real progress. According to Emberin founder Maureen Frank, many organisations subject to the ASX gender diversity guidelines…

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Career Advice for Parents program introduced by the DEEWR

15/01/2012

We are proud to be part of the New Career Advice for Parents program, being run by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The program has just been introduced and is now live! Career Advice for Parents is a free telephone service which provides professional, informed career advice by qualified Career Advisers to…

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12 Ways to Support Your Working Parents in 2012 – Practical Tips and Ideas!

10/01/2012

1.      ‘Career After Kids’ Seminar – 2.5hr seminar to help your parents return to work and manage work life balance. With reputable career coaches your presenters, this seminar is designed exclusively for mums and dads needing assistance to: ·         Plan and prepare to re-enter the workplace ·         Review their career and explore flexible work options…

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Dads with Babies Are Tired in the Workplace

01/01/2012

It’s time to start thinking about Dads also. In these times, Dads are becoming more engaged in their children’s lives, often experiencing similar fatigue to that of their partners. After all, they sleep in the same house! Here’s some stats we found: Because of interrupted sleep, 75% of working fathers with 12-week-old babies report fatigue…

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Women Rising to the Challenge

13/12/2011

University of Queensland (UQ) graduate and academic, Dr Kate O’Brien and UQ graduate (and Associate Professor at Monash University) Associate Professor Karen Hapgood are raising awareness of the universal issues facing professionals, particularly females, who work part-time. Although the numbers of women in science and engineering courses and postgraduate studies have increased markedly in recent…

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The 2011 Top Earning Jobs for Women

21/11/2011

For the third consecutive year Forbes has compiled its annual list of the best-paying jobs for women, putting the spotlight on the occupations where women can, and do, earn the most – and HR managers came in at number 10. The list was compiled using US data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and based…

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The Diversity Dilemma

18/11/2011

Gender imbalances are still plaguing Australian businesses.HC mag interview Naomi Simson from Red Balloon, David Bowsher from BBC Australia, Rowan Arndt from NAB and Abby O’Neal from the Melbourne Business School. As seen on hcamag.com

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Encouraging Participation in Playgroups after Returning to Work

17/11/2011

Often Playgroups will fold when one or both parents return to work. Whether there is financial stress and mums and dads need to work, the reality is, at some point, they will return to work. How do you keep Playgroups going and providing a platform for the children to interact in a healthy environment after…

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE EOWA WINNERS!

11/11/2011

The EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency) held its Business Achievement Awards recognising organisations that are achieving in the areas of diversity and supporting the advancement of women in the workplace.   Congratulations to EOWA 2011 Business Achievement Finalists and Winners announced Wednesday by EOWA Director Helen Conway and the Minister for…

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Million Dollar Mums a Myth?

07/11/2011

Costs of raising a family, including childcare has been a hot topic of late and is a real issue families need to think about, given these financial times. Recent figures have shown that the foregone income for a family with three children (lost through one parent taking time off to raise the family), is over…

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Career Development a shared responsibility

03/11/2011

A common fear for parents when they return to work is that they may be sidelined for promotion or marginalized, especially if they choose to work part time. Your fears might be real or perceived; the only way to find out is to ask. Yes, ask. If you are focused on the next career step…

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Organisations Found 'Career After Kids' seminars and Stay-in-touch Coaching empowered their working parents

03/11/2011

2011 has seen mums@work help many parents return to work successfully through the Career After Kids (CAK) seminars and our Stay-In-Touch coaching service. Encouragingly, many more organisations signed up their working parents to attend the quarterly seminars in 2011 demonstrating that the drive to better support working parents continues to be topical and relevant since the introduction…

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What do Women Want?

19/10/2011

Men seek money and progression, women want culture and flexibility. Fred Van der Tang, CEO of Randstad, said in the face of the Australian skills shortage, the results of this Randstad survey should push Australian companies to assess their ability to attract talent. Men and women are from different worlds when it comes to job-hunting,…

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The Gender Diversity Journey – Glass Ceiling to Glass Cliff?

12/10/2011

mums@work are big advocates of gender diversity and having women in senior roles in the workplace as we have seen the value to women and families, but most of all businesses. Our biggest value-add to employers is helping them to ‘know’ what to do to encourage women and those with families in the workplace, and how to…

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Leading Business Women call for childcare tax deduction

03/10/2011

Did you know? Childcare remains the second biggest expense after the mortgage for Australian families. Leading business women and academics plan to advise the upcoming Tax Summit that childcare is the biggest and most directly related cost to earning income and should be eligible for a tax rebate. Rosemary Howard, Executive Director and Conjoint Professor…

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Women are not filtering up: Business leaders

29/09/2011

The Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) hosted its first annual diversity debate last week, with the topic, ‘Quotas: friend or foe of business?’ hotly debated by high profile business leaders. At the end of the debate the room of industry heavyweights, which included representatives from business giants such as IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, voted that quotas,…

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'Mindless Bias' holds women in check

29/09/2011

The report, commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, urges companies to look ”below the surface” at ”irrational” bias against women, arguing not only that they are excluded from leadership roles but are also ”held to account for being women”. According to the government’s latest census of women in leadership, last year females…

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Paid Dad Leave from 1 January 2013

28/09/2011

On 1 January 2013, the Paid Parental Leave scheme will be extended to give extra support to new parents with two weeks Dad and Partner Pay.  A dedicated payment for dads under the Paid Parental Leave scheme will encourage fathers to take some time off after the birth of a child, and help ensure that…

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2011 'Dream Employers' Revealed

22/09/2011

CEO of Insync Surveys James Garriock said that theoretically employees should be the biggest advocates of the organisations they work for, because they can help win new customers and attract new talent – yet employers are wasting these opportunities. If organisations harness the word-of-mouth power of their passionately engaged employees, the bottom line impact can…

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How common is it for mums to feel guilt?

08/09/2011

How common is it for mums to feel guilt? This is one of the many questions we have been asked from putting your kids into childcare to asking colleagues to pick up the slack at work. Here’s how I would advise women to overcome this guilt. Mothers guilt is the most common feeling experienced by…

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Cost of Childcare to rise, employees left holding the bag

05/09/2011

We at mums@work thought this information on the latest childcare cost changes might be helpful to you. The federal government has announced plans to cap childcare subsidies. The government has said families paying for 10 hours of childcare, four days a week will be hit by the cap. The cuts have reportedly been made in order to provide…

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Communications Minister says send staff home to work!

24/08/2011

SEND STAFF HOME TO WORK! Businesses must change their attitudes about people working from home and use the internet to connect employees through “telework”, the Minister for Broadband and Communications Stephen Conroy has announced.The federal minister said Australia is lagging behind other developed countries in harnessing the internet for business and needs to catch up.…

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Workplace skill shortages – is your organisation being caught short?

10/08/2011

The latest L.E.A.D. Survey pinpoints the extent of the skills shortage problem – around two-thirds of organisational leaders, managers and employees can identify skills shortages in their own workplaces. That’s two in every three workplaces operating with a workforce that does not have the right mix of skills to function effectively!Disturbingly, beyond the expected shortage…

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Making Work/Life Flexibility Work

17/07/2011

A recent survey by the Flex+Strategy Group on work/life flexibility revealed: Eleven percent of respondents said that their use of work-life flexibility increased and 76 percent said it stayed the same during the recession. Sixty-six percent believe employee health, morale and productivity suffer as a result of having no work-life flexibility. Those who worried about making…

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Paid Parental Leave – 1 July 2011, what Employers need to know

08/07/2011

As of 1 July 2011, employers will now be responsible for the administration of paid parental leave payments to employees under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010. You must provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee who: has a child born or adopted from 1 July 2011 has worked for you for at least…

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Understanding why women decide not to return to work

30/06/2011

A UK study and report conducted by an executive search agency and employment law firm in April 2007 revealed that organisations continue to struggle to retain top female talent despite 39 weeks statutory maternity pay, additional maternity leave benefits and extended worker’s rights in applying for flexible working arrangements, (introduced under the UK’s Work and…

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Workaholics now in pursuit of leisure – feature in Sydney Morning Herald

29/06/2011

CATRIONA POLLARD worked herself sick. Until this year, 12-hour days and working weekends were the norm for the 42-year-old, who runs her own public relations firm. Managing staff, running a small business and meeting constant deadlines took its toll. ”The most significant thing I did was change my attitude towards work,” she says. ”I still…

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Parents Talking Career Choices to their Children!

20/06/2011

Parents Talking Career Choices is a brochure that offers strategies for parents and carers to discuss the options available for further study and employment after school with their teenage children. It includes practical advice on how to help young people explore the wide range of job pathways and where to go for further information.Read more…

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Stay-at-home mothers to get back to work to prevent a labour shortage

09/06/2011

“EU tells stay-at-home mothers to get back to work to prevent a labour shortage”. Housewives are being urged by the European Commission to go back to work the UK Daily Mail reports. In the UK around 12.6 million women work, 40 percent of them part time. Around two-thirds of working-age women with dependent children are…

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3 skills your working parents and their managers must develop

02/06/2011

Want to support your working parents to thrive at work? 3 skills your working parents and their managers must develop: Resilient, Adaptive and Flexible Thinking. Working parents need 3 core skills to ‘thrive’ at work and at home Adaptability, Flexibility and Resilience.  We’ve all heard the expression “Got a job to do? Give it to…

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Is it time to do a career audit?

02/06/2011

Is it time you did a career audit and really thought about your future job options; especially now that kids are on the scene?  Some of the common pitfalls parents fall into when it comes to making employment choices (or decisions about when is the ‘right’ time to go back to work after maternity leave) is not reviewing their…

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Working mothers thrive on flexibility – mums@work and Westpac in the news

02/06/2011

Working mothers thrive on flexibility – a Westpac case study Rachel Slade is the mother of three boys aged six, four and two. She has worked at Westpac for the past 12 years and is at present head of group diversity and flexibility at the Westpac Group. “I’m in a senior executive role and my…

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'Best Employers 2011' list revealed – who are they?

31/05/2011

The results of its 2011 Best Employers in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) survey, announced this morning, saw 11 organisations receive the accreditation of ‘Best Employer’ – who are they? A special congratulations to mums@work supporters Millward Brown and Johnson & Johnson Medical. Read more

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Family life a tough job for working dads

23/05/2011

THE squeeze is on for fathers, caught between longer working hours and the expectation they spend more time with their young children than their dads did with them. That work pressure on fathers is distorting women’s preferred working lives, as mothers are forced to either scale back hours or work full-time while continuing to do…

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The Catholic Education Office Implements Working Parents Toolkit

28/04/2011

The Catholic Education Office (CEO), Diocese of Wollongong have realised the need to encourage and support parents on their parental journey and introduced a Working Parents Toolkit for CEO schools and CEO office staff. The toolkit, launched by the CEO, Diocese of Wollongong’s Head of Human Resource Service, Carolyn Hadley, is a practical guide to…

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Is Australia a 'un-family friendly' nation?

11/03/2011

Is Australia a ‘un-family friendly’ nation? What do you think? Despite Government initiatives and all sides of Parliament claiming to be working hard for a better deal for working families, I can’t help but stop and ask myself are we by nature a ‘family friendly’ nation? And if we’re not, what implications does that have…

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Dads@Work – new service helping dads balance work and family

07/03/2011

Increasingly men want to be active fathers but the demands of the workplace for executives are higher than ever. Parenthood is a time of great change and this can create stress that can affect business performance. A recent study has identified that for fathers in dual career families with young children: •65% would refuse a…

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Intention to hire parents declines but value & ability sky high

20/02/2011

“Always look for the positive and play to your strengths”, I often find myself saying to return to work parents getting back into the paid employment game. But for many parents, it’s hard to go into interviews brimming with confidence when you hear that your chances of being hired have dimished from a year ago…

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Paternity Leave should be made mandatory?

20/02/2011

Human Capital this month reported new research from Singapore that outlines the case for mandatory paternity leave. Given all the recent social movement and government support for paid parental leave in Australia, is it actually time to address the often undebated issue of ‘paternity leave’? My husband recently enquired about taking paid leave to be…

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Support for Paid Parental Leave set to continue

27/01/2011

This week the HR Daily reported that the introduction of the Federal Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme which commences this month is prompting more organisations to look at introducing paid parental leave for employees in addition to the government entitlements, according to a new survey from Mercer. Under the government scheme, primary carers for newborn…

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What parents need to know about paid parental leave

17/01/2011

Here’s a simple information pack containing everything your employee needs to know about the introduction of paid parental leave is a guide published by FamilyAssist.gov.au. Use it to communicate to employees about their paid parental leave entitlements. What parents need to know.

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Paid Parental Leave – what will you do?

10/01/2011

Haven’t decided how to respond to the government’s new paid parental leave scheme and how to communicate the entitlements and changes to staff? Here is a 5 point plan to develop your parental leave policy response: 1. Make yourself familiar with the new paid parental leave scheme2. Review your parental leave policy and update it…

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Is it time to review your parental leave policies and entitlements?

23/11/2010

Now has never been a better time to review your organisation’s policies and procedures to ensure your parental leave and flexible work entitlements remain competitive as the Government’s paid parental scheme begins. Employers will need to examine their parental leave processes, employment contracts and administration procedures to ensure there is a smooth transition for the…

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Europe leads the way in Paid Parental Leave yet again

02/11/2010

Mothers in Europe have reason to cheer, according to Human Capital Magazine [20-week stop work order for mothers]. The European Union is looking to extend maternity leave from the current minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks on full pay. But not every country in the EU is supportive of the increase – UK conservative…

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Retain your talented mums & dads – on any budget

18/10/2010

ANZ recently announced a major new initiative to attract and retain top female talent by providing a childcare allowance of $4,000 for working parents. Emma Walsh, Director of mums@work is delighted to see an Australian company moving closer towards the UK model, where many companies offer vouchers to subsidise the cost of childcare. ‘Australian employers…

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Prepare NOW for Paid Parental leave questions!

11/10/2010

With expectant parents already able to file claims with the Family Assistance Office, employers need to know how to answer employees’ questions about the imminent paid parental scheme, say Lander and Rogers employment lawyers read more. Mums@work is already experiencing an increase in calls and emails from employed parents-to-be anxious to know about their parental…

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Event: Career After Kids – support your parents return to work and thrive!

08/10/2010

How is your organisation supporting its working parents? Invite and Enrol parents in your organisation to Career After Kids! ‘Career After Kids’ is a 2.5 hr seminar designed to support employees who are returning to work from parental leave and for those who have recently returned who are looking for tips and tools to better…

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Stop the 'brain drain' and prepare employees for parental leave – what parents want and employers are offering

22/09/2010

Stop the ‘brain drain’ and prepare employees for parental leave – recent survey reports parents want to work!A new survey shows parents would rather return to the workplace sooner than take 24 months parental leave. CareerMums recently conducted a survey on workplace challenges confronting working parents. The survey attracted 335 respondents and covered topics such…

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A mum's return to work story to inspire others

21/09/2010

Here’s a wonderful story from a mum we recently supported back to work that provides inspiration to other mums who are thinking of taking the plunge… Aleksha’s storyI cannot tell you how nervous I was when I had my first phone interview with the CIO for my new job that I recently started. After the…

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Do recruiters help or hinder mums career options and choices?

20/09/2010

The Sunday Telegraph’s article published last weekend Maternity leave will kill your career, recruitment companies warn women“is a yet again a sobering reminder that working mums and mums-to-be still battle overt discrimination not just from potential employers, but now it seems, sadly from recruitment agencies too. The Sunday Telegraph’s article reports that “Head- hunting companies…

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Will the Government Paid Parental Leave Scheme replace employer funded schemes?

14/09/2010

Does your organisation have a plan to review its approach to paid parental leave (PPL) once the Government’s national scheme comes into effective January 2011? Better think twice. It appears that the current proposed PPL scheme which won the support of the Senate pre Election omitted any mention of an employer’s ability to use the…

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Paid Parental Leave a crucial retention tool

19/08/2010

Human Capital Magazine reports today “As the paid parental leave policy debate heats up in the final stage of the Federal election campaign, Hewitt Associates has found 71% of Australian corporate organisations are already offering some form of paid parental leave. “According to the Hewitt Paid Parental Leave Pulse Survey, conducted in July-August 2010, the…

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Men helping more at home is the key to gender equality?

12/08/2010

In the Western world, motherhood remains the barrier to gender equality. Until they have children, young women now earn nearly the same as men and climb the career ladder at a similar pace. With the babies often come career breaks, part-time work and a rushed two-shift existence that means sacrificing informal networks like the after…

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No means NO – sexual harassment in the workplace

12/08/2010

While the media lapped up the salacious details regarding the resignation of David Jones’ CEO Mark McInnes for sexual misconduct, the incident shone a much needed spotlight on harassment in the workplace and opened up countless talking points around office water coolers. For example, if McInnes had been extorting money out of female employees in…

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25% of mums say they are not working because they can't afford child care

08/08/2010

25% of mums say they can’t afford to work because of cost of child care a new study reports. What is this loss of talent in the Australian workforce costing our economy and what impact is it having on mums and their families? Childcare is a problem for 40% of families who took part in…

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There's no harm in being a working mum research reveals

02/08/2010

There’s no harm in being a working mum research reveals. The Sun Herald reports that “mums can return to work within a year of giving birth without harming their babies’ development, a landmark US report shows”. Full Article. Personally I believe there’s a few critical factors that mums need in place in order to successfully…

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mums@work launches new services

01/08/2010

We’re delighted to announce that we are expanding our services to you. Since 2007, we have been Australia’s leading provider of return to work guidance, family friendly programs and flexible work tools for mums, dads and employers. We’ve listened to employers and parents and to continue to meet your needs mums@work now offers: •NEW RECRUITMENT…

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'Mums' taxation makes returning to work punishing…

30/07/2010

According to the SMH and University of Sydney Professor Patricia Apps, tax rates on mothers who go back to work on low and moderate incomes are punishing, when you consider how much tax they have to pay and how much of the family tax benefit they lose. As the paper noted: “On average, a married…

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Pregnancy discrimination a pre-natal headache for employers

22/07/2010

Employers can expect an increase in the number of complaints about discrimination against pregnant employees as women become more aware of their rights. The Fair Work Ombudsman has recently launched a national campaign to inform women of their rights at work when pregnant and when returning to work after having a child. Read more

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Employers beware – pregnancy discrimination costs

07/07/2010

Employers beware – pregnancy discrimination can no longer go unanswered and be ignored. The Sydney Morning Herald today reported the first discrimination case brought under the new national workplace laws. The case involves a pregnant employee who was told by her employer that her pregnancy was an “inconvenience” for which their would be “consequences” read…

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Superannuation for mums & dads on parental leave

30/06/2010

We may still be celebrating the Federal Government’s announcement of paid parental leave but what about the Superannuation mums miss out on when on taking maternity leave. On average women have one third as much superannuation savings upon retirement as men. Westpac has become Australia’s first bank and private company to agree to pay staff…

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How do you manage school hours and work?

22/06/2010

Great question; aaahhh the dilemma of 9-3 school hours! Like me if you’re a working mum sending your kids off to school in the next year or two you’re probably starting to think ‘yikes – I’ve only just got child care working well how on earth am I going to manage working around school hours?’…

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What's the best career option for mums?

21/06/2010

What’s the best career option after you have a baby – full-time, part-time or no work at all? To work or not to work – that IS the question? Every working mum has the nagging question at some stage of their return to work journey ‘is this working and is this worth it?’ Rebecca Gibney…

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Paid Parental Leave – what does it mean?

17/06/2010

Thankfully access to paid parental leave is finally a right for ALL Australian working parents, effective 1 January 2010. But just what does this mean for employers and parents? Who is eligible? What are they entitled to and how will it work? What about working women currently pregnant due before January 2011, what will they…

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How to write a flexible work proposal

26/01/2010

How to write a flexible work proposal Step 1Ask your employer if policies exist around flexible work arrangements in your workplace. If so, confirm what process will need to be followed to request a flexible work arrangement. Step 2Let your manager know that you would like to explore flexible work arrangements that may be available…

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Career After Kids Seminar – Sydney 24th Feb 2010

06/01/2010

‘Career After Kids’ seminar is exclusive to parents returning to work, seeking career guidance or improved work life happiness. • 2.5hr practical seminar run by career experts• Speak to a career coach about your situation• Re-evaluate your job options• Create the work-life change you seek• Free Return to Work Toolkit• Learn how to plan an…

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2010 New 'Right to Request' Flexible Work may backfire on mums?

03/01/2010

Tell us what you think? Do you think the new ‘right to request’ a flexible work arrangement as part of the 2010 National Employment Standards will have a negative or positive effect for mums when negotiating their return to work? Only 4 days old, the new ‘right to request’ flexible work legislation; although largely heralded…

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Job Description of a Mum

02/01/2010

Position: Mother, Mum, Mama, Mummy, MaLong term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an,often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping…

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5 Steps to Find a Flexible Job

02/01/2010

Step 1: Review your career aspirations and flexibility requirements using our ‘Return to Work Toolkit’. What do you want to do and what type of flexibility will you need? Write down what your skills are; what are you good at and do you enjoy doing? Consider your flexibility needs, jot down at least two flexible…

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Australia and the 'right to request' flexibility

05/11/2009

Leading up to the introduction of the National Employment Standards (January 2010) and its flexible work provisions; what can Australia do to embrace the ‘right to request’ flexibility for the benefit of all? Introducing the right to request flexibility in your organisation: Ensure your organisation has an up-to-date flexible work policy that is clearly documented…

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Female bank workers leave due to unfriendly work practices: study

06/10/2009

Melbourne University today released its findings into a study on the turnover of female bank workers. According to the University’s press release it’s findings report that unfriendly work – family practices along with managment changes and mergers, are the key reasons behind the womens’ departures. This seems to challenge the notion that professional women ‘opt…

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Career After Kids Seminar – Nov 4th or 11th Sydney

05/10/2009

Are you a parent planning to return to work or make a career change? “Career After Kids” is a 2.5 hr seminar designed exclusively for parents being held in Sydney in November 09. Run by career experts who are also working parents; the seminar tackles the challenges many parents face when re-entering the workplace. Parents…

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A flexible future at last?

05/10/2009

Going back to work after parental leave is just about to get easier. If you’re about to negotiate your return to work with your employer there are some industrial relations changes under the new Fair Work Australia Act that advocate your right to request a flexible work option, effective Jan 1, 2010. Under the new…

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INS – the small Aussie company outdoing Google

Listen here INS Career Management is an impressive trailblazer for family friendly small businesses! The company provide…

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Having a flexible approach to work – do the benefits outweigh challenges?

  June 6 is Flexible Working Day – an international day to celebrate and showcase the benefits of flexible…

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4 Tips for Managing Single Parent Life

Photo by Unsplash   Being a parent can be one of the most difficult jobs there is….

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Can Australia learn from the United States on Paid Parental Leave?

By Emma Walsh, CEO Parents At Work It’s well-known the United States lags stubbornly behind its fellow OECD nations when…

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Women and the Future of Work: Parental leave helping to close the gender equality gap

Why Forward-Thinking Employers are Paying Attention to Gender-Based Research – and what Parental Leave has got to…

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Keeping Kids Safe and Healthy this Winter

  Sarah Hunstead – Founder of CPR Kids – is a paediatric emergency nurse or ‘saving angel’ and mother…

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Pressing for progress: Making law a family friendly profession

  Traditionally, the law industry has been notorious for its unfamily-friendly workplace practices, which have particularly penalised…

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Inspiring Women in Law Who Did It Anyway – Belinda Harvey Interview

LISTEN HERE READ the transcript here In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 and the #PressforProgress theme…

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Job hunting tips

  Are you struggling with job hunting? Perhaps you’re returning to the workforce after parental leave, or…

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3 skills working parents and their managers must develop

  Working parents need 3 core skills to ‘thrive’ at work and at home: Adaptability, Flexibility and…

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Design your life in 6 simple steps? We interview the author that explains how

  Listen to the podcast here Read the interview with Gill McLaren here Recently our CEO, Emma…

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Balancing work and family: Tips for single fathers

Single fathers today face a deeply rooted social bias that calls into question their ability to meet…

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Returning to work after a career break? Introducing the Deloitte Returnship Program

Listen to the podcast here Feel like it’s time to re-start your career? Last year, Deloitte Australia…

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Leading Career Development All the Way– Inside Deloitte’s Return to Work Program

Listen to the podcast here Last year Deloitte Australia launched the highly successful Returnship Program – a…

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2018 – The Year of Sharing the Caring?

  As I close out for another year, in fact my 10th year running Parents At Work, my…

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What advice do you have for parents looking for childcare?

Q. What advice do you have for parents looking for childcare? I’ve heard it’s extremely hard to…

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The future of work is FAMILY FRIENDLY – How does your organisation make it happen?

We all belong to families and every family is unique. “As Gen X and Y continue to…

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WGEA update: Creating Family Friendly Workplaces still not on the agenda

WGEA reports mixed progress on support for caring and a decline in paid parental leave support. The…

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Tips for Travelling with Kids

Recently we were asked by one of our course attendees if we had any tips for travelling…

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1 in 5 Mums, 1 in 10 Dads – How to support employees and colleagues with PND

1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads: these are the shocking figures on perinatal anxiety…

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