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

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Vanessa Bulloch, Employee Relations Specialist at performHR

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 do to support working parents.

Could you start by telling us about your role at performHR?

I am one of the Employee Relations Specialists. The role provides ER advice, support and deliverables to the performHR client base. The role is responsible for the timely execution of client deliverables, the identification of value add opportunities within the existing client base and to also mentor the HR Advisors and HR Business Partners in areas of IR and ER.

What are your personal strategies for juggling family and work commitments?

I would have to say planning and being organized, being open and honest with everyone, rolling with the punches, and not stressing over the things I can’t control.

What’s the best strategy you’ve heard another working parent use to achieve a work-life balance?

Taking up day care on their offering of giving your child breakfast if they arrive early J On a more serious note it would be the advice to squeeze time in for yourself. Something we so easily forget to do.

What is performHR’s vision for supporting working parents?

Supporting working parents is a fundamental for performHR. The business model was designed so it was conducive to flexibility. At performHR we aspire to maintain and challenge. We constantly revisit our own flexibility arrangements. In terms of vision, we demonstrate what is possible and lead the way with it. We are role models of what you want to do, and are forever challenging the norm around this and showing our clients.

What initiatives/programs does performHR have in place for working parents?

At performHR flexibility and the support for working parents is ingrained in our culture. For us, it is about awareness, as so many of us are working parents. We ensure we understand and respond to individual needs.

In an ideal world, what could big business/Government/society do to support working parents better?

I would have to say looking at jobs creatively and flexibly. Not all jobs have to be done by one person in a full time capacity.

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