Monthly Archives: September 2015

Part-time work, part-time care: The radical yet strangely sensible proposal for our future

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A LOT of people think Jennifer Nedelsky’s plan for the future of work is crazy, but when most hear her radical manifesto, their reaction is: “Where do I sign?”.

The Canadian professor, a fellow for the Institute for Social Justice, has this theory that everyone, and she means everyone, should work part time.

Have we got your Mondayitis affected attention yet?

If Professor Nedelsky’s ideas were to be implemented, when the full-timers among you arrived at work today it would have been the beginning of a minimum 12, maximum 30-hour week. And if you’re one of the increasing number of graduates looking to gain employment or struggling to find that next opportunity, it wouldn’t be a problem.

The catch in this utopian labour model is that everyone would also be required to participate in part-time, unpaid care work for the same number of hours, 12 — 30.

Of the 11.8 million strong labour force in Australia, around 3.6 million of us work part time according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Continue reading

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What can bosses do to help working parents? Advice from 21 company heads

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How easy is it for women to have a fulfilling career and raise a family in today’s business world? What can bosses do to help working women?

Here’s what 21 family friendly employers in the US recommend…

It is much easier than in the past but still not as easy as it should be. Bosses should provide flexibility in the working hours and understand that women are often the most driven people in an organisation. The importance should be the results that they achieve and not the hours that they commit.

Daniel Ades, managing partner, Kawa Capital Management

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How often do we ask men that question? There are career and family challenges for both men and women — they just differ in nature. Bosses can help all working caregivers by measuring results, not time in the office — give employees the freedom to work where and when they need to.

Christine Barney, CEO, RBB Communications

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