Monthly Archives: December 2017

2018 – The Year of Sharing the Caring?

 

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As I close out for another year, in fact my 10th year running Parents At Work, my wish for 2018 is the same as it’s been for the last decade: I hope next year will be easier – the juggle I mean – for families everywhere. That is my New Year’s Resolution.

How can I, my husband, my friends, our community, our workplaces and our Government alleviate the everyday mounting pressure that confronts us as we raise our families whilst managing busy workloads? How do we make it so we’re not simply just surviving?

Make no mistake, our economy is relying on ‘the juggle’ to get better – it wants active participation of more mums and dads sharing the earning load so our nation can continue to grow. As with every year, this means we, as a society, need to rise to meet the challenges of what holds back working mums, dads and all those caring for others from fully participating? I’m not alone. We all need to find improved ways to share the caring load – for all our sakes.

A change for the better is in the air in Australian workplaces. As such Government policy needs to follow suit and carve out a vision to improve the way parents share parental leave, access flexible work and, balance work and family life.

This means championing gender equality around sharing the caring by normalising men taking parental leave and working flexibly.

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What advice do you have for parents looking for childcare?

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What advice do you have for parents looking for childcare? I’ve heard it’s extremely hard to “get in”. How do you secure a place at the centre you want?

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Visiting and talking to the carers will be your best chance of finding the perfect place for your child. If possible try to drop into the centre or Family Day care home outside of your appointment time so that you can see how things “really” work and try to visit at a couple of different times of the day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you’re entrusting these people with your baby.
There are more options out there than just day care centres. The most common types of care available in Australia are:

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The future of work is FAMILY FRIENDLY – How does your organisation make it happen?

When two became three

We all belong to families and every family is unique.

“As Gen X and Y continue to merge as the ‘new breed’ of two income parents juggling busy careers and family life; their needs, expectations and realities are very different from the generation before them; is your workplace ready?”

Emma Walsh, CEO Parents At Work

Throughout 2017, Parents At Work, with the support of KPMG, Norton Rose Fullbright, Deloitte and Gilbert + Tobin, toured Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and spoke to hundreds of HR, Diversity and Inclusion professionals, in both private and public sector about the value of Creating Family Friendly Workplaces.

The aim was to highlight and discuss the state of the nation when it comes to Australia’s progress on parental leave, flexible work and more specifically dad’s participation in sharing the caring.

We shared the first-hand insights from the 2017 Working Families Report and outlined the changing caring needs of the next generation of parents and carers.

Most importantly, we discussed what organisations can do to be more family friendly in 2018. A brief overview of these must do’s include:

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