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					Family & Community Friendly
        Workplaces

      -Strategic      Approaches

     Lisa Heap – Australian Services Union
The 21st Century Approach
       New Orientation
Not about the impact of family on work

About the impact of work on family and
the community
          Broad Focus
Takes account of work, family, personal
and community commitments

Employees as human beings with lives
outside of work
 Job design and workplace
          culture
Employees have control over how,
when and where they work.

Not just policies & programs

Access to policy and programs requires
change in workplace culture
Impact on business outcomes
Not just a social justice issue

Doesn’t just benefit employees

Positive business outcomes

Employers of choice
      For Men & Women
Requires a shift in work place culture

Can be challenging to individuals

Not just for those with children
 Initiatives reflect reality of
         worker’s lives
Broader than day care for pre-school
children
Suite of entitlements
Care for other family/community
members
Workers as members of communities
too.
                    Maria
Age: Early 30’s
Son aged 3
Admin Officer –private
sector firm
Works –Full-time
Partner –works full-time
Secretary Childcare
Committee of
Management
                   Issues
Quality      Drop off/   Childcare Bad
affordable   pick up     centre    mother
child care   times       shut down syndrome
                         period

Illness/     Special     Committee Career
injury       days        Tasks     goals
John
   Age: Mid 30’s
   Single – no children
   IT professional
   Works full-time
   Studying part-time
   Volunteer –
   Community Legal
   Centre
                Issues
Hours of work       Attendance at lectures
                    and tutorials
                    Completion of
                    assessment tasks

Attendance at CLC   Follow up tasks,
                    responsibilities from
                    time at CLC
                     Mark
Age: 40
Divorced
Two sons 12 & 17
Primary carer for half a
week
Council Employee
President School
Council
Coaches kids soccer
                  Issues
School Holiday Care    Supporting transition
                       from primary to high
                       school
Duties &               Surviving Year 12
Responsibilities as
School Council Pres.
After School           Coaching 1 afternoon
supervision            per week
Jane
   Age: 50 ish
   Adult children –
   grandchildren
   Elderly parents
   Works full-time
   Social Worker –not
   for profit community
   organisation
                  Issues
Quality affordable elder Emergency care and
care                     school holiday support
                         for grandchildren


Meetings with           Responsibility for
carers/agencies for     managing parents
parents                 financial affairs
Solutions
                  Maria
Flexible start/finish times
Acceptance that most days must leave at
5.00pm
Participate in reading roster – leave for this
Roster days or flexi days for special days
Work from home when child ill & during shut
down
Ability to produce minutes of childcare
committee meeting and take phone calls
about committee at work
              John
Limits on work load / working hours
Leave to attend lectures & tutorials
Study leave for exams
Agreement to allow one morning per
week attendance at CLC
Approval to use laptop and mobile for
CLC related business and to do some of
this during working hours
               Mark
Flexibility of hours – arrangement of
hours in part of week where don’t have
children
Purchase of additional annual leave
Approval of up to three hours per week
to attend to school council business
Can leave work at 4.00pm on
Thursdays to coach soccer
                  Jane
Recognition of role as carer for grandchildren
& parents
Leave for illnesses injury
Ability to meet with care providers during
working hours
Support from employer in finding appropriate
quality care
Approval to make parent related phone calls
during working hours
20

25

30

35
     A Life Line of
     Entitlements
40

45

50

60
  A Change in Workplace
         Culture
Policy & Practice
Job & Work Design
Working Hours
Work Load
Staffing
Training & Development
Evaluation
A Change in Union Culture?
Do we have a whole of life approach?
What are our priorities in bargaining?
Do we value family/community roles?
Have we let this become a “HR” issue?
What’s our training like?
   What does the ASU’s 21st
   Century Agenda look like?

      Culture
                   Claims
Campaigns
                Reps
                       Training

				
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