Launch of Family Friendly Workplaces
Earlier this week, we were thrilled to attend the launch of Family Friendly Workplaces – a new initiative co-founded by Parents At Work and UNICEF Australia introducing National Work + Family Standards for employers. We have been fortunate to work closely with Parents At Work for many years and Emma Walsh and her team continue to inspire us as trailblazers for driving change to create family friendly workplaces.
Family Friendly Workplaces is a new certifying body providing employers with a policy and practices framework they need to become more inclusive and supportive of employees’ competing work and family needs. Several of Australia’s biggest employers (including our Featured Employer Medibank as well as Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte, Karitane, Novartis, QBE Insurance Australia and RiseSmart – Australia & New Zealand) are early adopters of the program and will be the first in the country to be certified as Family Friendly Workplaces.
So why is this initiative so important? A family friendly workplace positively impacts the quality of work-life for every individual and contributes to the wider health and wellbeing of our society and economy. Working Parents Connect are privileged to partner with family friendly employers every single day (through recruitment, job advertising and Featured Employers services) and this initiative for Australian employers to be certified as Family Friendly Workplaces will not only encourage more employers to create supportive and inclusive working environments for parents, but will also enable family friendly employers to both attract and retain top talent.
The future of work is family friendly!