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How To Build A Successful Parental Leave Program In Your Organisation
29th August 2017 • Podcast • Parents At Work
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A case study interview with Deloitte and PeopleCare for People Leaders, Diversity & HR Professionals

In 2016, a landmark study found that the conflict of managing work and family life experienced by parents and carers is costing the Australian economy $23 billion a year.

So how is business responding to this?

According to WGEA an average of 15.7% of Australian employers have a strategy for supporting caring responsibilities1 with only 15% having a strategy for flexible working arrangements so the likelihood is that very few organisations are making a positive dent to improve the work life stress many employees experience when balancing a busy job with family. However, there are some progressive organisations determined to buck the trend – particularly when it comes to designing parental transition solutions to ensure both women and men can sustain their career and family life.

In this special event we interview PeopleCare and Deloitte to hear more about their effective parental leave programs and how they’re making a difference.

“The ‘new reality’ of family structures means that working parenthood is an 18-year job shared by both men and women, gay and straight, biological and adoptive. Aligning your organisation’s programmes to this reality … better targets the issue in its broad-spectrum reality, and it sends a more inclusive message.” Daisy Wademan Dowling, Harvard Business Review

As more and more studies (and companies, by way of example) are revealing, it’s clear the benefits of working parent programs far outweigh the costs. It has been found that parental leave programs: improve the productivity and health of employees, reduce the cost of staff turnover, enhance the company’s reputation as an employer of choice, reduce legal risks and incidence of pregnancy discrimination, and increase the likelihood of women reaching leadership positions. These are just a few reasons why an increasing number of companies are choosing to support their working parents through the preparing for parental leave and returning to work transition.

Join Emma Walsh, CEO, Parents At Work, as she interviews Maree Morgan-Monk, Head of People and Culture at People Care and Catherine McNair, National Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Deloitte about the parental leave programs they have put in place to support their working parents.

The 1-hour podcast will cover:

- What is a Parental Leave Program and why should your company have one?

- What role do CEO’s, diversity professionals, people leaders and HR teams have in this process?

- Where do you start in implementing a Parental Leave Program and what steps are involved in a full roll out?

- What resources are required?

- What are the challenges involved when introducing a Parental Leave Program?

- Working examples from companies Peoplecare and Deloitte including the direct benefits they have experienced.

This podcast is intended as a useful introduction for diversity professionals and HR practitioners to either start you on the way to creating a Parental Leave Program or improve how you may be currently supporting employees during their parental leave and return to work transition.