Monthly Archives: August 2017

The link between work and family life – An SBS interview with Parents At Work founder Emma Walsh

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Our CEO Emma Walsh was recently interviewed by SBS about what it’s like for modern parents to juggle a busy career with caring responsibilities as well as introduce a new exciting project coming to Australia in September – Swedish Dads in Australia! 

To listen to the complete interview tap here.

“Emma Walsh is helping parents and companies to find a way for a balanced life between work and family. Her organization together with the Swedish Embassy in Canberra and the Swedish Institute have brought the photo exhibition Swedish Dads to Australia. Opens in September in Sydney. Emma will travel to Sweden in October to learn more about the Swedish Parental scheme.”

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The 5 hour work day – a success story for one Managing Director and his family

Jonathan Elliot

For the average employee, an eight-hour day is the norm. Indeed, it may be nothing more than the minimum, with an expectation that more hours at work means demonstrating dedication to one’s role and company. It’s no different for Jonathan Elliot, Managing Director at Collins SBA. At least, it wasn’t.

“The standard eight-hour day is an arbitrary template and doesn’t make sense in a lot of areas, particularly when it comes to work-life balance.” Yet how effective are any of us when we turn up and spend eight hours in a chair? As Jonathan explains, “we don’t pay you to attend, we pay you to produce.”

It was the cancer diagnosis that his wife received when their daughter was five months old that prompted Jonathan to make some changes. Having only been in the MD role for six months meant Jonathan was on a steep learning curve, yet his wife’s treatment and the care of their daughter became a priority, requiring reduced working hours. “It made me become more effective. I couldn’t reduce to part time completely, so it really forced me to assess how I was doing things.

“When I got home at 2pm, I was able to take over the care of Esther and give Lou a break. Having a few extra hours each day meant I got quality time every day rather than just the weekend.”

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How Australian Businesses Can Better Support Working Dads

Father And His Baby Daughter Grocery Shopping.

These days, working while raising children is increasingly common. According to the ABS Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, 62% of coupled parents work, while 60% of single parents work. What’s more, 90% of dads with children under 15 are employed, meaning the vast majority of Australian fathers are juggling work and parenting commitments in tandem. Here are just some of the ways Australian businesses should be looking to create a supportive environment for working dads.

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