Being a family-friendly employer
Family-friendly employers care about the needs of their employees by offering and promoting policies and practices, that support employees’ work life wellbeing and caregiving responsibilities. They recognise their people have responsibilities outside of work and provide leaders and employees the flexibility, education, and resources needed to foster a family-inclusive culture.
By offering policies and practices that support work life wellbeing and caregiving responsibilities, employers can help employees’ manage their responsibilities both at work and at home. This can lead to increased job satisfaction, employee retention, and overall business success.
By being certificated as a ‘Family Inclusive Employer’ your commitment to supporting the work life wellbeing of your employees by embedding family-friendly policies and practices is recognised. It impacts key business compliance responsibilities and people & strategies related to:
- Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) & Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Talent Attraction & Retention, Employee Benefits
- Gender Diversity and broader Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy
- Employee Work Life Wellbeing inc. Flexible Working, Mental Health and Domestic & Family Violence
The certification contributes to a positive, supportive, and inclusive organisational culture that enhances your employee value proposition (EVP) and employer brand efforts.
The Bridging The Work and Family Divide Report provides a strong evidence base supporting the benefits of investing in Family Friendly Workplace policies and practices and ensuring employees are fully enabled to utilise these.
It combines a detailed review of Australian and global academic research with stories from the lived experiences of founding partners and their employees.
The Report draws on data and insights from 70 businesses that participated in the inaugural year of the Family Friendly Workplaces initiative and are now certified, collectively these businesses employee almost 300,000 Australians.
The Report illustrates clear progress by participating companies on embedding flexible work and gender-neutral policies. It also highlights some areas of increasing need – notably addressing the complex pressures faced by carers and the rising cost of childcare.
The Employer Guide provides you with an overview of the Family Friendly Workplaces programme. The guide includes information of what a family-friendly workplace is, the benefits of being a family-friendly workplace, the business action for action and steps to become a certified Family Inclusive Workplace.
What Leaders Say about Family Friendly Workplace Certification
Chair | UNICEF Australia
CEO | Parents At Work
CEO | ING Australia
Director | Randstad Australia
CSO | Deloitte Australia
CEO | Karitane
Take the first step
The Benchmarking Assessment is a free online tool to assess your organisation’s HR policies and practices against the minimum National Work & Family Standards.
Benchmark Your Workplace
Are you a family inclusive employer?