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Melbourne: Creating Family Friendly Workplaces of the Future

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Norton Rose Fulbright

485 Bourke Street

Melbourne, Victoria 3000


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Think Tank for HR & Diversity Professionals

Ideas, debate & discussion on the future of family friendly workplaces

Presented by Parents At Work, Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright

Is your workplace ready for the future workforce?

The next generation know what they want and they are not afraid to ask for it. Work-life balance and a family friendly employer is top of their list and they expect their requests will be - at the very least - considered. But not all businesses are equipped to meet their requests or even answer their questions.

This is just one of the issues Australian organisations need to address. Another is that only 2% of dads take parental leave which is minuscule in comparison to progressive countries like Sweden. What does this mean for men's work-life balance or the number of women advancing in leadership positions?

How is YOUR organisation responding to these issues and the many others related to it?

Join Emma Walsh, CEO, Parents At Work, to share and discuss:

  • The latest research on modern working parent trends

  • Case examples of organisations leading the way in creating progressive programs for their employees with caring and parenting responsibilities

  • Case examples of parents making work-life balance a reality and how it’s working for their employers too

  • What organisations are doing to help employees to have a positive connectivity between work and family life.

Who should attend?

  • HR professionals

  • Diversity practitioners

  • Leaders

  • The wider business community

HR and Diversity professionals have the ability to impact many Australian families by creating Family Friendly Workplaces of the Future.

Further background

In 2016, a landmark study found that the conflict of managing work and family life experienced by parents and carers is costing the Australian economy $23 billion a year. And “parents are prepared to trade promotion and pay-rises for more flexibility than ever before”. Emma Walsh, CEO Parents At Work.

Is it time to redefine family friendly workplace practices ready for the future workforce?

According to WGEA an average of 15.7% of Australian employers have a strategy for supporting caring responsibilities[1] with only 15% having a strategy for flexible working arrangements so the likelihood is that very few organisations are making a positive dent to improve the work life stress many employees experience when balancing a busy job with family.

“Australian workplaces must ready themselves for the new wave of ‘millennial’ employees who are caring for others, expected to shake off out-dated cultural norms around the ‘definition of family’, ‘working flexibly’ and ‘sharing the caring load’ as they rise to meet the challenge of being both main breadwinner and caregiver – in equal measure. Every year it becomes more expensive to raise a family and wages growth isn’t in step; technology has us connected 24/7 to our workplaces; we have to ask ourselves, is this sustainable and at what cost?” Emma Walsh, CEO, Parents At Work.

The future workplace will be one where employees aspire for holistic health and wellbeing.

“Given that we spend about 30 percent of our lifetime working, it makes sense that integrating well-being into the workplace will positively impact overall health. However, many organizations are going a step further by striving to make their workplaces healthy “destinations” for employees. This means adapting both work and the workplace so that both are truly wellness-enhancing and improve all dimensions of quality of life” SODEXO 2017 GLOBAL WORKPLACE TRENDS

“The ‘new reality’ of family structures means that working parenthood is an 18-year job shared by both men and women, gay and straight, biological and adoptive. Aligning your organisation’s programmes to this reality … better targets the issue in its broad-spectrum reality, and it sends a more inclusive message.” Daisy Wademan Dowling, Harvard Business Review

[1] Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Australia’s gender equality scorecard

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