Monthly Archives: February 2016

How employers can make parental leave work for business

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This is a great article highlighting how companies can make the most of their employees going on parental leave – there really are benefits for everyone and the business when you embrace the change!

Managers “myopic” about parental leave, HR should take charge

HR professionals have a complex role to play in being the “person in the middle” when employees take maternity leave, according to an HR and technology specialist.

This means they have to be excellent communicators and “understand both sides of the fence” in terms of what employees and the business need, says Barry Lehrer, founder and director of DiffuzeHR.

“When someone goes on maternity leave, don’t turn them off the system,” – it is vital to keep communicating with employees on parental leave to keep them abreast of company and policy changes, he told HR Daily.

“Keep them in the system, so they’re part of the communication. It doesn’t have to be every three or four weeks, it may be an ad-hoc thing. But I think they’d be a lot more encouraged and feel good about knowing what’s going [on in] the company they’re working in, instead of coming back after 12 months and going, ‘what happened here?’” he says.

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3 things working carers can do when it all gets too much

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Caring for another – be that a child, an elderly parent or someone with a disability impacts every other relationship in your life – with your partner, your colleagues and mostly your sense of self. There are times when balancing the responsibilities as a carer can be challenging. These are times we may need to ask for support.

In Australia we are blessed with a plethora of services and Government support to help us manage the demands of working whilst caring for another. The Government resource Carer Gateway for example has an area dedicated to Caring for Me which includes sections such as Working and Caring and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Another great Government resource is Wellbeing for Parents and Carers.

Parents@Work run regular teleconference courses that focus on Care & Wellbeing for You and Your Family. We also run a series of special events (such as True Wellbeing Starts With You) which are focused on taking care of yourself as a working parent. Details and enrolment links are featured in our monthly newsletter and the Courses & Events section of the Parents@Work portal.

When times get really challenging

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The Power of Flexibility Report asks: Is your organisation set up for flexible working?

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A new report titled The Power of Flexibility published this month highlights what’s needed in Australian workplaces to leverage flexible working.

The report by CEW (Chief Executive Women) and Bain & Company found that flexibility is a key enabler to boost gender parity and employee engagement.

It shines a light on three key areas:

  1. A strong case for flexible working
  2. Good foundation, but plenty of room for improvement
  3. Four key actions to leverage flexible working

The report also features a list of questions organisations can use to measure whether they are effectively set up for flexible working. See page 18 of the report titled: Is your organisation set up for flexible working?

Other key take-outs from the report include:

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The Real Cost of Paid Parental Leave for Business

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Investing in programs that help parents return to work is beneficial to companies, perhaps far more than many realise. The article below clearly highlights real-life examples from large and small companies.

Paid parental leave and other family friendly policies are not just about being a good corporate citizen or offering employees what they want (in terms of good work-life balance)… all those two things are great. There is also the very convincing economic argument that suggests business can’t afford not to invest in helping parents return to work.

As more an more companies figure this out it’s becoming ‘out of step’ not to offer competitive paid parental leave programs. One thing is clear – parents want what’s best for their family and their career. And now, with the changing attitudes towards work-life balance, employees are starting to expect their organisation will support them with what it takes to achieve this balance.

The Real Cost of Paid Parental Leave for Business

CAN PAYING AN EMPLOYEE’S SALARY AND BENEFITS PLUS THEIR TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT EVER BENEFIT THE BOTTOM LINE?

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Carers need care too

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Are you a carer? If you’re reading this blog it’s highly likely you are. Whether you care for children, elderly parents, a family member with a disability, manage a team of people at work or consult with clients and suppliers on a regular basis – you have an opportunity to care for another.

The question is do you need extra support with your caring responsibilities? And what kind of support is available? Continue reading

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