Monthly Archives: June 2015

THE VFAIR for Australia’s Talented Career Women

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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

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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.

Apart from supporting campaigns to encourage the government to revisit their policy there is wider responsibility the business community should acknowledge. PPL combined with other programs to support and help retain staff, have real impacts on productivity and make employees happier and more engaged. These should be part of the push to address gender equity in the workplace and support working parents, contributing to the economy especially mothers. Here are 5 things businesses can consider:

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

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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 and family but what about men? The fact is if both sexes had the opportunity and encouragement to work more flexibly work-life balance would be more of a reality than a dream. The effects of this could be monumental for a man’s health  (men make up 75% of Australian suicides and 1 in 10 men get post natal depression & anxiety), a man’s family (more time for caring responsibilities and their partner’s work options open up too) and a man’s work life (research indicates happier employers = more productive workers).

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