Parenting equality. That elusive, yet exciting milestone where we’ll all effortlessly combine work and family and be supported by our organisations to do so. if you’re a parent current struggling with the juggle, this might seem like a long way off. But it turns out, it might not be as far away as you think. Here are 5 companies who are nailing it when it comes to parenting equality…
It's hard to believe that just over 50 years ago in Australia, a law prevented women from working once married… Yes, the ‘Marriage Bar’ was only lifted in 1966… Even today, women opting out of the workforce or scaling back their careers due to family and other caring obligations remains on of the biggest contributors to the gender pay gap.
When it comes to parenting equality, at work and at home, we certainly have a way to go. For one, only 5 percent of dads work part-time, compared to 38 percent of mums. Then, there’s the fact that many companies are resisting the move towards flexible work, or the fact that more than 85 percent of dads take 4 weeks or less parental leave…
We're thrilled to announce that, in response to significant client interest, we have expanded our program to include a dedicated Positive Parental Leave program for Dads.
In Australia, it is a statutory entitlement under the Fair Work Act that employees may access up to 10 paid Keep In Touch days whilst on primary carer’s leave, yet it is astounding that so few employees take them and many employers fail to communicate to their teams that this entitlement exists.
When an employee is preparing, undertaking or returning from parental leave, their line manager impacts how the employee feels about their organisation, themselves, and their ability to return to work confidently and effectively, perhaps more than anyone else.
As a member of the half of the human race that must work more, to earn less, it’s days like today that remind me we still have some way to go. Whether you agree with the way the stats are calculated or not, it is hard to deny that women still suffer a penalty in the workplace, just for, well, being women.