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A major barrier for women returning to work is juggling school holidays. The modern day schooling system isn’t designed for today’s working households, and for parents this juggle can be incredibly challenging, stressful and expensive. In 2014, IAG extended its flexible working arrangements to include provision of an onsite school holiday program, called Kids @ IAG. This program has made a significant difference to their...
International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated on 8 March with celebrations held worldwide commending the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Advancing women in the workforce still offers one of the biggest opportunities to provide real impact and change. Working Mothers Connect is pleased to partner with organisations that share these values. Diversity is an essential part of Broadspectrum’s...
Broadspectrum is a leading provider of services to major projects and infrastructure across diverse industries; they design, fund, construct, operate and maintain assets. As part of the Ferrovial Services company, an organization that provides end-to-end solutions for infrastructure and cities, they have over 79,000 employees across 10 countries. The company is focused on offering their staff challenging and long-term careers in a...
IAG is one of the first organisations to introduce a complimentary national school holiday care program for its Australian employees. The program highlights IAG’s commitment to creating a fair and inclusive workforce where their employees feel supported. It was identified that access to affordable childcare was a major barrier to their female employee’s participation, retention and career advancement. In 2014 they introduced...
Returning to work from parental leave can be an extremely daunting and stressful time, not only will you need to mentally prepare yourself, the logistics behind it can be quite overwhelming too. Planning in advance is key to a smooth transition back into the workforce. The opportunity to work flexibly for mothers is an important benefit as it allows them to maintain and advance their careers whilst still being able to support their...
If you’ve taken time off to have children, whether it’s a few months or years, it can be overwhelming to go back to work. But returning to work after maternity leave doesn’t need to be stressful with a few strategies to help you feel more confident on your return. The first - retraining and upskilling, is perhaps an obvious one – but tips two to seven from psychologist and career coach Kristy Levin of The Parents...
At Transitioning Well we always say it is a privilege to work in the space of supporting new parents during what is one of the most special as well as challenging times in one’s life. Having a baby is arguably one of the toughest transitions one will face and returning to work as a new mum comes with its own sets of challenges and opportunities.  About a year ago we began supporting a new mum in a very supportive workplace. She...
With equality and gender diversity being a hot topic among women in business, is it any wonder why women are the top sicky takers and considered less employable? Imagine this ..... You are sitting at your desk, your eye on the corporate ladder and dreams of what climbing it will bring for you; fulfilment, more income, a new car or an overseas holidays. Then your phone rings, it’s your child’s day-care, Little Charlie has...
Being a working mother is an understandably difficult proposition, requiring the combining of both a career and the rigors associated with raising a child. Many times, working mothers may find that they feel pulled between two disparate roles or even struggling to ascertain their true identity. It can truly be a time in a woman’s life that causes her to lose her confidence. However, it does not have to be this way. The reality is that a...
Busy professional parents often find that the “mental load” of juggling kids, life and a career means that making those little changes to boost their financial fitness can fall further down the list. As a working mum also managing a side gig, I have found there are little things that don’t take a huge effort when spread across the year, yet they can make a big difference to the family budget. Annual household provider...
The qualities that are acquired or enhanced during motherhood tend to be underrated, with many women not even including their parental leave on their resume due to the implications it could have on their applications. In PwC’s 2018 report, 42% of women disclosed that they were “nervous of what having a child would do to their careers and 48% of new mothers felt that they were overlooked for career advancement opportunities because...
What if I told you that you DON'T NEED TO BE MORE CONFIDENT? It’s a relief, right? I certainly wasn’t born ‘that confident girl’. In fact I was frequently called shy and told that I needed to be more confident, particularly in social settings. A hot tip - for someone who is already struggling with being confident, telling them to ‘be more confident’ reinforces the fact they aren’t, and has...