Returning to work after a baby – Parents At Work chats with Studio 10

Parents At Work’s CSO Kiri Stejko was recently a guest on Channel 10’s Studio 10 show, sharing her expertise on a segment called ‘What You Need To Know Before Going Back To Work After Having A Baby’. The segment video can be viewed here.

Kiri and the Studio 10 panel candidly discussed the different issues that arise when an employee returns to work after parental leave, including the cost of childcare, work/life balance, planning for the new routine and reality, flexible work arrangements, and the importance of focusing on you at what can be a stressful time.

This recent television appearance is one of many ways we are striving to get the word out about the need for more flexibility at work for both women and men, and improved and more inclusive parental leave policies in Australia.

We recently launched the British Dads photography exhibition in London, where we held an International ‘Think Tank’ Business Leaders Event & Exhibition called ‘Advancing Parental Leave Equality for Fathers’. The event was designed to start a conversation between workplaces, men and their families to break down stereotypes of men caring for children and to improve the gender equality outcomes at work and at home.

Further to this, in August 2018, we are partnering with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to host the International Business Leaders ‘Think Tank’ event in both Sydney and Melbourne. At each of these events, we are proud to launch Aussie Dads, an insightful and powerful photographic exhibition by Johan Bävman that focuses on everyday moments of fathers with their children during parental leave. We are also thrilled to introduce the new WGEA Best Practice Employer Guide to Shared Parental Leave – a collaborative document created by Parents At Work and WGEA.

Parents At Work are continuously striving to continue the conversation around parental leave, and are incredibly proud to be apart of the global advocacy initiative to increase men’s parental leave participation as well as improve parental leave within Australia. It is important that we bring the conversation into the media – to shed light onto the current parental leave situation, attitudes and gender bias – and to most importantly, support our mothers and fathers in the balancing act of having a career whilst raising children.