Research

Gender Equality in the Workplace: The Role of Paid Parental Leave

A recent article by senior Sydney Morning Herald writer and new mum, Jessica Irvine, sparked our interest. In her piece, Jessica proposed that we cannot have true gender equality until we have true shared responsibility for raising children. She challenged the labels of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ carer enshrined in the current Paid Parental Leave (PPL) legislation as…

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Why the gap between policy & practice in flexible work is costing women their careers

The last five years have seen an increase in comprehensive policiesproviding access to flexible work, but these policies are not being effectively employed in practice, according to new research.  The University of Sydney Business School’s Women and Work Research Group has conducted a study involving in-depth interviews with employees and line managers about the implementation of the…

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What do Aussie workers want the most? You guessed it… work-life balance.

Australian employers must adopt a “multi-pronged strategy” to connect with the cream of the talent crop, says Hudson’s executive general manager Dean Davidson. According to Hudson’s latest employment survey, work life balance is the top priority for this year’s jobseekers, beating salary and career progression to the number one spot. The Hiring Report: The State…

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Stand up Australia. Our working mums and dads deserve better – 1 in 2 mothers and 1 in 4 fathers experience discrimination in the workplace

  An astounding and worrying statistic emerged last week from the National Survey conducted as part of the Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review. 1 in 2 mothers and 1 in 4 fathers experience discrimination in the workplace. Equally astonishing is the perceived lack of outrage expressed in the media – in fact, there’s been…

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4 ways employers can improve executive-level diversity

This is a excellent article by HR Daily for employers and HR professionals looking to improve gender diversity at the executive level. The suggestions in the article are based on research by Kerry Baxter who conducted a study focusing on women in leadership roles (the final paragraph on approaches that do work is particularly valuable). It’s also worth…

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Call for workplaces to catch up on family-friendly policies

Australian workplaces are playing catch-up with modern families and need family-friendly policies beyond ”mums and bubs”. A review of workplace policies and practices by the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia found an organisation’s culture was the biggest determinant of work-life happiness and availability of family-friendly policies ”does not necessarily…

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Women in leadership who have had employer-sponsored coaching… we want to hear from you!

Just 26% or organisations in Australia and New Zealand have a clearly defined strategy to attract and retain women long enough to reach senior leadership positions, according to women’s leadership research conducted by Mercer in 2010. What’s more women in leadership positions identified insufficient career development, promotion pathways, mentoring provision, childcare cost and childcare availability…

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