We know Australians are struggling to manage their work and family commitments.
A recent survey conducted on behalf of Family Friendly Workplaces shows a startling 1 in 3 working Australians said they are considering their options, leaving their current job or quitting the workforce as a result.
So what does a family friendly work place look like?
- The culture is one where working families and carers are supported to combine their work and family life commitments.
- The culture positively impacts the quality of work-life for every family and contributes to the wider health and wellbeing of our society and economy.
- It champions gender equality and makes it easy for men and women to lead productive personal and professional lives, particularly for women who carry the caring load.
- It supports and encourages both work and family commitments.
Did you know workplaces that support parents increase productivity and output while reducing stress, absenteeism and gender inequality. Seems like a no brainer, right?
Here in Australia, it’s incredible to see the steps many businesses have taken to invest in family friendly policies that support parents at every stage of their child’s life. This can be everything from later meeting start times to allow for school drop offs, to parental leave that prioritises shared roles.
This past year, parenting has become even more demanding with the blurring of work and home boundaries, as well as home-schooling for many of Australia’s parents during COVID-19 lockdowns.
Is your workplace family friendly?