Women in the Workforce

 

This month has marked the celebration of Queensland Women’s Week and International Women’s Day.

Queensland Women’s Week recognises and celebrates the achievements of Queensland’s women and girls and acknowledges that everyone has a role to play in creating a Queensland community that respects women.  International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Over the last few decades, workplace diversity in the workplace has improved and employers are implementing new strategies to support this.

Flexible Working Arrangements – With the right approach, flexible working arrangements can help team members achieve a work-life balance as well as benefit your business. There are a few different ways you could approach flexible working arrangements, including a change in work location, hours, patterns, rostering, job share or a gradual increase in hours when returning to work. Different approaches may suit different team members better. You might have a team member who works only three days per week, or another employee may work full-time hours but start at 7am and finish 3pm each day. This can help team members balance work and family commitments.

Creating a Family-Friendly Workplace – There are also different policies and processes that some employers support to create a more family-friendly place. Are you able to assist team members to return to work from extended leave by arranging to keep in touch days? These days ensure that the team member keeps up with relevant training for their role for when they return. Make sure team members are aware of leave policies and find out what they value in a family-friendly workplace. Make sure team members are aware of the process to apply for paid parental leave and be flexible with taking unpaid leave for school holidays. Just remember when implementing different policies and procedures that each team member may have different preferences depending on their own personal circumstances.

Paid Parental Leave – Make sure you are aware of the Australian Government Paid Parental Leave scheme and communicate this to team members. As part of this scheme, Parental Leave Pay can be funded by the Department of Human Services (for eligible employees) and payment is processed through the employer. Team members may also be eligible to receive Dad and Partner Pay.

These strategies have helped team members to balance their work-life and encouraged employees to stay with a business, rather than having the impact and costs of replacing an employee.