Workplace policies for parents

Use workplace policies to help parents balance their work and home lives.

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There are low cost and easy to implement practices that can be adopted by businesses to help parents balance their work life and home lives.

Workplace policies for parents


Transitioning back into work following the birth of a child can be a daunting process for parents. Many struggle to find ways to balance paid work, domestic responsibilities, and the demands of a new child.

There are clear economic benefits for employers who support their employees to manage this balance. Research shows that employees who are given support and flexibility are happier and more productive than those who are not. They are also more likely to remain loyal to the business.

The Grattan Institute report titled Dad days discusses how more gender-equal parental leave could improve the lives of Australian families.

Check out the Parental Leave resource for information to help your business design and adopt more supportive approaches for parents without compromising business needs.

The parental leave action resource can help you to improve workplace policies for parents in your workplace.

To determine how your organisation is positioned on workplace policies for parents and how it can improve, try the self assessment tool.