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New Family Planning page launched on Parents At Work Learning Platform

Supporting the family before it’s even started Did you know that a recent study found that of those experiencing infertility, 47% had not been open about their struggles at work? And of those, only 29% felt supported by their employer. Just like other medical conditions, infertility drains employees emotionally, physically, mentally and financially. But many of those…

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The Future Workplace Must Be More Family-Friendly – Here’s Why

How important is it for employers to consider and support an employee’s personal life – that is, their ‘life outside of work’? Consider this: what impact would it have on business outcomes and individual lives if workplaces were more family-friendly? The reality is that anything that impacts the wellbeing of your employees at work or…

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Cicada Innovations – Taking Aussie Dads into a Unique Place

I attended an event run by the incubator Cicada Innovations recently, at which our Aussie Dads photo exhibition featured and set the scene for a new crowd. Cicada is a home to deep tech start-up companies in Australia, supporting science-based innovations from ideation all the way through to incubation. It plays a major role in…

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Why I’m ditching the super parent fantasy in 2019

January brings relaxing times and quieter days for some but not all. For parents of young kids and babies, the family tempo may have reduced marginally from manic sprint to marathon jog. But it’s unlikely your ‘holiday’ was filled with breezy afternoons napping, swimming, and relaxing  unencumbered by the ties of responsibility. You had kids…

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Dads care too – recognising the rights and needs of fathers as carers

It’s 70 years today since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – it’s a day to reflect, as a global community, that we must continue to strive for the advancement of human rights for all. This year, Parents At Work has been advocating for #ParentalLeaveEquality. It’s about equally supporting both mothers and fathers to enable…

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Suffering from caring fatigue? Yes, it’s a thing

I care, deeply. I care about the impact I have on others – my kids and partner, their happiness and wellbeing; my whole family and friend circle; my team, colleagues and clients and their families; my local school, my local community, equality, climate change, world peace . . . you get the picture. I worry…

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Achieving Parental Leave Equality Sydney: Roundtable Discussion Report

  ‘Despite the rapid rate in which mothers have returned to the workforce over the past 10 – 20 years, there has been almost zero shift in the percentage of men taking up parental leave or opting to stay at home as the primary carer.’ – Excerpt from Roundtable Discussion Report The first national roundtable…

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