The sick day and office ‘perks’ need an overhaul to support mental health

Mental health and employee wellbeing

The need for and the way we use a ‘sick day’ changed dramatically during the pandemic. For some employees, access to paid sick leave remains challenging due to the workplace culture or environment and due to employee shortages.   Meanwhile, with the rise of flexible and remote work options, many employees feel the pressure to […]

Best practice advice from UNICEF to support Family Friendly Workplaces certification

In their latest report ‘Integrating Child Rights across the ASX’, UNICEF Australia provides leading organisations with recommendations on how to increase their focus on safeguarding children.   With less than 1% of companies having a specific commitment to respecting children’s rights further than child labour, there are opportunities for Australian companies to do better. One […]

Workplaces have the power to help end family and domestic violence

Family & Domestic Abuse and Violence

We know that employers play a key role in supporting those experiencing domestic and family violence.   But with the shift in working from home, the access to a physical “safe space” in a workplace that survivors were accessing prior to the pandemic has significantly reduced.   During periods of lockdown, when Australians were required to […]

Finally, we’re seeing big policy promises that will transform Australia

Emma Walsh on Federal Government changes

The last few weeks have seen once-in-a-generation policy promises announced that could significantly transform the future for families in Australia, as well as our overall economic prosperity with improved women’s workforce participation.   These policy changes have come from state and federal governments, and cover early childhood education, paid parental leave and other areas encouraging […]

How some of Australia’s largest companies are supporting working parents

HRM Article

Last week was the United Nations’ Global Parent’s Day (June 1). To mark the occasion, UNICEF Australia and Parents At Work released a new research report highlighting Australian workplace policy progress around supporting working families.   Progress has been slowly improving over the last few years as companies look to make flexible work practices mainstream, […]

New report evidences key enablers and benefits of Family Friendly Workplaces

FFW Media Release

Flexible work and gender-neutral policies key priorities for family focused Australian employers   Highlights The Report from Parents At Work and UNICEF Australia has found that to bridge the work and family divide workplaces are investing in greater flexible work practices and more inclusive paid family leave policies is a key enabler of family friendly […]

Lion’s renewed approach to supporting victims of domestic and family abuse

LION Case Study Logo

A Family Friendly Workplace Case Study   Domestic and family abuse is one of the most prevalent human rights abuses in Australia and New Zealand. This impacts on our community, individuals and the workplace. Our workplace may well be the safest place that some of our team members have, and in that context we can […]

Meet Australia’s top 70 Family Inclusive Workplaces™

Australia's most Family Friendly Organisations - one year on

Today, Family Friendly Workplaces is extremely proud to announce as part of National Families Week 2022 the top 70 organisations now certified under the National Work + Family Standards, including 9 ASX 200 companies.   Founder of Family Friendly Workplaces and CEO of Parents At Work Emma Walsh says:   “We are thrilled to see […]

Family Friendly Workplaces Futureproofs UM

Anathea Ruys, UM

“People are at the heart of everything we do and ultimately it’s our people who make us who we are as a culture and as a business,” says Anathea Ruys, CEO of media agency UM.   “Since the onset of Covid, there has been a frightening increase in the number of working parents resigning from […]